In this House Beautiful article, designer Susan Ferrier used the painting of billowing clouds as her starting point for the entire home...
In order to evoke the same atmosphere as in the painting, Susan Ferrier worked with a limited color palette. Although this home is a show home, we think some of the techniques that Susan used could definitely apply to a more lived-in setting. In this particular condo, Susan was dealing with essentially just a white box. So she used dark color such as the brown on the living room sofas to create her own shadows, and draperies to redefine the space.
We have also always had a the best luck with choosing color when we work from an object that we love rather than making an abstract decision about what color to paint the wall. Have you ever used an object or piece of art as the starting point for choosing a color?
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Painting by James McLaughlin Way, through Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery