I often say “the color has to come from somewhere.” Great interiors are created thoughtfully not haphazardly which is why picking a wall color or any other color in the room “just because” leads to a mess. Colors for a room or home, a.k.a Color Palette, most often come from what I call a “color key.” Works like a charm, every single time.
Color Key: This is your color road map for interior success. An object used as the basis for the color scheme of a room or home. It may be a piece of fabric, artwork, patterned tile or a rug. Colors which appear in a color key are selected for areas and furnishings. Each color used in the room or home needs to appear in or coordinate with this piece.
We used the main Brunschwig & Fils fabric (color key) only for the homeowners chair and ottoman. She rules her roost and for her this is the most important piece in the room. She always wanted a yellow room, a happy room, but cozy. You can see the how the colors from the color key float the eye around the room for a cohesive look and feel.
If you fail to use a color key the room can come off as indulgent, cartoony or just a plain old mess.
When people enter a room the colors have to make sense, this is what creates comfort. There is no short cut to a beautiful room.
Using a color key for any room as an easy-to-follow road map can yield professional results. If a color doesn’t relate to a chosen color key, it probably doesn’t belong in a room. A color key is your secret weapon against creating a color disaster and your foolproof tool for color palette success.