Creative Colour Scheme (1): The "Rocky Beach" Palette


Most of you would know me as a blogger with regard to spirituality at LislovesTruth, but what some of you may not know is that by day I am a Registered Architect and Interior Design Consultant. As such, one of my great loves is colour. We often have no appreciation for the potency of colour with regards to our sensory perception, mood, and mental alacrity. It is therefore critical to be knowledgeable when choosing colour for your space.

When talking colour with your designer, your consultant will often ask you what colours move you, or whether you have a colour scheme in mind. For some clients, this is a really harrowing question, because they have never given colour much thought, or have never been required to articulate their preferences in such a defined way.

I believe in guiding my clients through their most intrinsic emotions as a starting point to selecting colour, because I believe that the colours that we gravitate to without thinking are often the ones that move us most deeply. As a tip to my clients, I often recommend that they amass a collection of things that they are drawn to: photographs of scenery, objects, etc. to establish whether there are any commonalities within their choices (be they recurring themes or colour schemes). I also advise people who feel totally lost when it comes to colour, to take photos of nature scenes that they find calming and gather them together. Nature is an excellent resource for custom building a cohesive palette, and colours that occur together naturally within the environment tend to produce a stress relieving effect on our emotions.

To test this, I went and did a little photography of my own at one of our local rocky beaches. Below is the photo that I used to create " The Rocky Beach Palette".

A simple way to apply this palette would be to use the light neutrals like the Extra White and Chelsey Gray for the majority of the wall applications. This could be done with paints, wall papers, tiles etc. Introducing texture of wall surfaces is critical for diversity. The accents can come in with accent walls, soft furnishings, artwork and accessories, and the darks can be used to tonally direct you with respect to furniture choices. They also make a great choice for the tone of decorative objects, picture frames etc.

I can think of a few projects that I'm working on where I can apply this palette; can you?

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