For me, developing a colour palette always starts with understanding how my client would like to feel in any given space and at various times. Then I explore how the values, hues and intensities of colours resonate with my client. Next, I look at creating harmony with the architecture and landscape of the place and finish with complimenting the fixed finishes and elements, like counter tops and a favourite chair. In reality, these aspects of developing a colour palette tend to work in tandem.
Above, are colours that are happy and energizing, yet soothing and enveloping for our home owner. I had already pre-selected these colours, based on conversations with my client regarding her personal tastes and her vision for the design. When we compared the colour swatches to the rug that would be added to the new home, we knew we had a winning palette!
Below, is the design board with colour palette details. The living/dining area will be a warm white – open and airy and bright. Adjacent to it, will be the library/dining room with dark teal surfaces and a lower ceiling to create a mood of coziness and intimacy – like being wrapped up in a big soft blanket!
By juxtaposing the white to the teal, we can define and confine a mood to a particular space. This home is a study in the use of colour to delineate space, create moods and relate the indoors to the outdoors. The landscape around the house is divided into rocky places with hard prickly vegetation and pounding surf, and soft, gently sloping lawns, with gentle plantings and still ponds. My design goal is to continue this same delineation of space and mood through the use of colour. Here is the living room view through the old window/door system.
This is the new more open and expansive (and more weather-tight) view. Although it’s not painted yet, note that having the trim and walls in the same light colour allows the eye to freely move out to the view, beyond. The old blue window trim would draw the eye to it again and again, essentially making it difficult to look out to the view beyond.
The contrast of colours and textures creating moods and spaces in the landscape around the house.
Here’s Tom, one of the painters, banishing the blue. The colour transformation has begun!