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Color Schemes, Art and Home Decorating Require Same Discipline


Color Schemes, art and home decorating seem loosely related but to produce each of them well involves the same discipline.  Whether it is a beautiful color scheme, a piece of artwork, or entire home, one rule applies: the hand of restraint is required. Color schemes require a commitment and a promise to fulfill this commitment. Deviate with an unplanned color and you will break the promise.  Colors must walk through a home not pop out from behind the next corner.

The purpose of adding art to a room is to add beauty and interest – not confuse the mind in the case of those who have every wall and tabletop cluttered.  Copy the format of great museums: focus. Museums draw your eye to specific artwork by utilizing the open or negative space around the object.  They also do not display their entire collection.  This is a rule everyone can follow.  It works.

Interior Designer Paula Caravelli in her living room.  Click through Paula’s home and notice how the color scheme is obvious, how it flows gently room to room and how artwork is viewableRestraint is the key to handling the three of these items well.

The difference between the homes of the uber-wealthy and regular people is this: restraint and focus.  While they may hire a decorator to do this, it is something anyone can accomplish with the following guidelines:

  1. Less is more.
  2. Embrace open space.
  3. Create a plan and stick to it.
  4. Decorating is not a hobby, finish the room and stop adding to it.

Take a look at any home decor magazine and notice the absence of stuff in a room.  The color scheme is easily identifiable and makes sense.  It isn’t over shadowed or convoluted.  The artwork is a focal point not “filler”.  Beauty needs to be seen to be appreciated.  This is accomplished by adhering to the above guidelines for color schemes, artwork and home interiors.  All three require the same hand of restraint to achieve success.

Photos via  Canadian House and Home Magazineby Jeffrey Hirsch via New York Social Diary, and Matthew Millman / Architectural Digest

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5 Responses to Color Schemes, Art and Home Decorating Require Same Discipline

  1. Love your blog, beautiful ideas 🙂

  2. Britta Gilger

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

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