This inspirational post come from Marion Parsons, the mastermind behind Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. She has an amazing blog, if you don’t read it you should!
A few weeks ago she posted a question she had received via email, akin to a “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” It’s a question we get asked a lot here when people are picking colors to update their furniture. The question was, what comes first when you’re redoing a room, where do you start?
Whether you’re doing an entire room, one little piece of furniture, or something in between, here’s a piece of advice to get you started on your redo journey:
Pick something to be your “inspiration”
What that means is it’s the “thing” that all other design decisions are based off of. This can be a wall color, the fabric on your sofa, pillows, a quilt, or your existing furniture.
Here’s an example, we were helping a woman just the other day who was stuck on a color choice for redoing her bedroom set. She had 2 nightstands, 2 dressers, and a headboard. The rest of the room was white or neutral, so it is a great opportunity to add some color. We gave her some options to get the ball rolling:
- Choose one piece to be the “statement”, and paint that your chosen color. Paint all other pieces a neutral. You can always use pops of your statement color in other pieces, i.e. artwork, linens, etc.
- Paint the “statement” piece a bright color, and then lighten that color with either Old White or Pure White to keep them all in the same color family
- Paint all pieces in a neutral color, but bring in pops of color via stencils, striping, hardware, or painting the inside of drawers
- Choose colors that are opposites on the color wheel; blue+orange, yellow+purple, red+green; to paint the pieces in. Try lightening the colors so they don’t seem so overbearing.