Let Your Favorite Things Inspire Creative Color Palettes

If you're starting a new project and want an exceptional color scheme, think about creating a color palette based on the things you already love.

When faced with a design project, as big as decorating a new home or as small as finally updating that neglected guest bedroom, it's hard to know where to start — where to go to find inspiration? One method is to establish a color palette and build from there. But, color is tricky. The best interior designers often combine unusual, sometimes even clashing, colors to create brilliant spaces.

How do you find those special colors? I say, let your favorite things inspire you. Maybe it's your favorite city, or a dress you love, or a furry friend, it doesn't matter. Just open your eyes and notice what makes you smile and then use whatever that is to inspire your next project. Once you find your inspirational item, take a picture of it and upload it to one of the many free color palette generators on the internet. I prefer Color Hunter, but there are plenty to chose from. After you upload your photo, the program generates a scheme based on the colors in your picture. You can get some pretty wild combinations that are truly unique. Some programs include the hex value, making it easier to identify the exact color. It's so much fun!

Images: 1. Art by Anna 2. Bijou Living 3. Love Meow 4. 1photoblog's Webblog 5. Rent the Runway: Shoshana Dress

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