This is why I would like to introduce Susan Sargent. Susan is an artist, fabric and rug designer living in Vermont. Her book Colorscapes, explains how to create a personal color palette and presents an original approach to the process of picking colors for your home. Each chapter features a different location and is devoted to a unique color concept. Colorscapes, is what made me start to rethink how I could combine colors in my home.
"My color choices are guided by my strong belief that bringing the right Colors into our homes is a sure-fire way to improve our moods, creativity, and energy. My colors are lively without being overwhelming, saturated and vivid without being electric. The yellows are warm, tending towards apricot and mango. The blues have an appealing nod towards periwinkle. My signature green tilts towards lime, which makes it work beautifully with the yellows, reds and blues in the range. I believe my colors are balanced in a way that promotes a warm, comforted feeling when used throughout the home.
And while I have colors I believe in, and which I feel are for thriving, there are also colors, which I personally abhor, and find repellent! I strongly believe living with these colors induces lethargy, boredom, lack of energy, and sadness. These include: Beige, beige, and beige!! Muddy browns! Mustard, all variations! Somber maroons, drab olives, uninteresting navy blues, and enervating dark greens. Other Environmental and Well-being misses: Kelly Green, acid lemon, flat brownish pinks, brownish institutional greens, sharp purples and oranges, screaming pinks, dispirited mauve's, fire engine reds, and brown, beige, and brown!" Susan Sargent
Although I don't agree on her color choices, I love how she has such a definitive palette. I've been working on my own color palette for a few years now, as I have mentioned many times before, aqua is my favorite color and starting point to my homes color scheme.
I love all blue-green colors, from teal to aqua and a close second is yellow/green, from chartreuse to apple. My warm side choices are apricot, yellow and red. I prefer colors that look aged and I don't care much for pastels. My latest color crush is brown not to be confused with beige, and I think black is needed to add a little sophistication. The colors I can live without are fuchsia, gray, beige, and anything neon.
I had fun making my color collages on Picnik