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Finding your Color

Find a Color Palette

You’ve decided you want your home interior to look beachy. Now that you’ve determined your style, you need to find a color pallet. Most likely you’ll want to include a water color, perhaps turquoise or royal blue. Every hue (color) has a different saturation level:  A tint (amount of white with the hue), a shade (amount of black with the hue), or the true hue itself. Let’s look at this color chip.

Understanding the Color Chip

To understand the color chip, the far left or lightest color is the tint. In this case, it is Sherwin Williams 6757 Tame Teal. The hue (or true color) the other colors are working from is found in the middle of the chip, Sherwin Williams 6759 Cooled Blue. At the far right of the chip are the shades; in this case Sherwin Williams 6762 Poseidon.

Identify Your Color

As a Virtual Interior Designer, one of the first steps in the process is to identify your color by finding the level of saturation you prefer. This is also true in color consulting. To help you find your color identity, I’ve created a color board with example interiors that have different levels of color saturation:  Saturated, Pastel and Organic. The “saturated” pallet has rich hues with lots of color. The “pastel” pallet has faded colors; notice how when white is added to the hue, it fades. The “organic” pallet was just for fun. I think it just has this great earthy feel to it — colors found naturally. Which color is your favorite?


Below are a couple other beach color combinations. Usually beach colors are found at the extreme:  Either pastel or very vivid. What’s your color identity?


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