How to Create a Perfect Color Palette 1, 2, 3, 4!
I am over the moon today, blissfully poking around in my basket of loose paint color chips. My Benjamin Moore fan decks are present and accounted for as well, but I don't need them just yet, and I will (almost) NEVER cut them up. Whenever I have a palette to plan, I prefer to work with loose chips, gathered up from here, there and everywhere. Flipping through the colors with an open mind gets me in a very good mood and I set aside any chips that I linger with for an extra second. It's color picking Gestalt style--open-minded leap thinking--a belief that the sum is greater than the parts. I'm not trying to make anything yet, and I'm not doing much thinking either--just perusing my options . . .
Once I'm a little color delirious, I'll get to working on what I call my process palette. To begin, I'll choose a group of reference colors that represent each unchangeable color already in my house. So far, my process palette looks like this:
Interior Reference Colors
Floors, marble, cabinets, upholstery I'm keeping, plus metal finishes, brick, and wood surfaces . . .
Almost forgot the range!
Next, I choose some colors that represent what I see outside my windows throughout the year. In my house, the contrast between the colors of summer and the colors of winter could not be greater. The trees are as much a part of the interiors as the smoky grey mist, which hangs over the snowy river for most of the winter months.
You may not have a view, yet there are still a group of colors that get into your mind before you walk though the door. Like the fixed colors inside, the colors outside of your home have an influence your color perceptions. For that reason, it makes sense to work them into your color-selection process.
Let's see now, I have horse fencing, the river, trees, grass, a relentless grey haze, and SNOW.
Exterior Color Reference
So far, my process palette is looking beautiful; lots of ideas, but not a single wall color yet for inside the house. I'm getting there, though--it's a process!
Final Reference Colors
I know from experience, that this is when many of you will start thinking 'I'll just go with the Linen White.' That's an option, but I have much more colorful plans!
Go, gather up your reference colors. I'll meet you back here next time!