Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

How do you choose a color scheme?  It can be an intimidating process, but don’t let it be.  I always find it helpful to scan through home magazines or online to see what looks you seem to be drawn to most.  It really helps to narrow down what you’re after.  You don’t have to like everything in the picture but if overall you seem to be drawn to a consistent look, you know you’re on track.

If you like to change things up from time to time, then keep the big pieces, like the sofa in a neutral color.  It’s easy to change up pillows or re-upholster a side chair to give your room a whole new look for not a lot of money. Try to vary you hues, some light and some dark and a bright to pop against the others.  Whichever color becomes the dominant one in the room depends on your personal preference.  Also vary your textures, it makes for a more interesting layered look.  I like to pick a solid for the bigger upholstery pieces like the sofa, and perhaps a pair of club chairs and use an interesting print for side chair.  Window treatments and pillows are an opportunity to use some sort of print as well.

When mixing prints it’s all in the scale of the pattern.  Florals work well with geometrics but just but as long as tighter patterns are mixed with bigger repeats it usually is successful.  Always stand back about 5 feet and take a look at your combination.  A lot of people get hung up on matching colors exactly, up close, but in the end you need to step back to really gauge how you’re doing.  The eye blends colors, so what you’re looking at up close can take on a different look from a distance.  Anyway, like color families usually work well together as long as you’re working with a similar saturation of color.  For example pastel colors might looked washed out in a scheme with jewel tones.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

In the end, it’s personal preference, it’s about what makes you happy.