Our Room for Color entries are pouring in, and they're packed with bright ideas. Take Rebecca's "Charging Up — Winding Down" room: We love how she chose a dramatic blue — SW 6228 Refuge from Sherwin-Williams — for her combination office-bar, a room that can look a little moodier because it's not the center of the action. And though color can be a matter of taste, studies do show that blue promotes intellectual calm and focus, which makes it perfect for a workspace.
We pulled some beautiful entries for more tips on making color work for you.
Combine with Confidence. Don't be afraid to mix bold colors! Start with the color wheel to find out more about analogous colors (those beside each other on the wheel) and complementary colors (those across from each other). For instance, green and orange can call to mind shag carpets and wood paneling, but Sruthi's "Verdant Love" room is full of greens, yellows and oranges that are naturally harmonious because of their positions on the wheel. (We also love how she modernized with warm, eclectic accents!)
Saturate and Balance. Rene's "Living in Modern" room brings bold blues into the bedroom with paint. The key is balance: even if you're using a bold hue as your dominant color, like Rene does here, counter with some contrast, like her crisp whites. It'll keep your dramatic den from crossing into cave territory.
Unify Colors and Patterns. There's a lot going on in Amanda's "Bright Water" room, yet the overall effect is welcoming and cozy instead of wild and chaotic. Why? She started with a great foundation color: an unobtrusive icy blue that can let pops of color — even pops of many colors! — shine without overwhelming. Simple backdrops give beaucoup patterns an anchor.
If you want even more color inspiration, check out Room for Color 2014. Then, when you see something you like, go for it — you can turn inspiration into reality with Chip It!® by Sherwin-Williams. Just install, upload, or enter the url for a picture and instantly turn it into a paint palette. Then head to your local Sherwin-Williams paint store to get started.
And don't forget to vote for your favorite entry in our Room for Color 2014 contest sponsored by Chip It! by Sherwin-Williams!