Color Inspiration: From Fine Art to Your Home

Color Inspiration: From Fine Art to Your Home

Julia Brenner
Apr 4, 2012

In Week 1 of The Color Cure, Maxwell talks about drawing color inspiration from color families and from well-loved items, like a favorite shirt or printed fabric. In my own life, I've found that paintings often inspire my color choices; the way an artist showcases a certain color or the emotional response I have to a piece will turn me on to a certain shade or color combination.

A new site, CPA, or "Color Palette in Art", extracts the primary colors from masterworks of art. This can be inspiring when thinking about bringing color into our own lives.

When you think about it, we all have strong positive emotional responses to certain paintings. We simply love looking at them and experiencing them. An artist's color choices can be a big part of that emotional response. In fact, Rothko's Color Field paintings are formed around the concept that people experience unique and vivid emotions when encountering color.

If you're currently pondering color choices for your home, from wall paint to a DIY project to adding in some colorful accents, check out CPA or take another look at some of your favorite works of art. You might find a powerful color or color combination you may not have thought of before. It's also a great exercise in thinking about your own feelings about color and the way it can shape the mood in your home.

Week 1 of The Color Cure: Color Families
Week 2 of The Color Cure: Warm and Cool Colors
Week 3 of The Color Cure: The 80/20 Rule
Week 4 of The Color Cure: Easily Changeable Color

(Images: Wiki Paintings via CPA)

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