Colour Schemes for a Happy Spring
Yes, spring has finally sprung. Over here in Montreal we have been anxiously awaiting the start of spring. After many false starts, I think we can finally safely say winter is over and warmer times are finally here (but I’ll whisper it just in case they hear me and decide to dump more snow on us… again).
One of my favourite parts of spring is seeing the very first green shoots of new plant life popping up. Something about the first vibrant shades of lively green and luscious yellow poking through the brown and grey background of old leaf litter feels so exciting and hopeful.
With this boost of springtime energy, I suddenly have the urge to plant seeds in the garden, Marie-Kondo the heck out of all my stuff, and repaint the entire apartment. I blame the changing seasons. Also Netflix.
You might know (or you might not) that before I studied art, I worked as a subcontractor in home renovations. I mostly did painting, drywall, finishing carpentry and general home repairs. One of the things I most enjoyed about that experience was watching the highly skilled professionals around me help people make the aesthetic decisions for their home that would ultimately bring them the most joy.
This is no easy task, as each person is totally unique and has their own individual style and taste. A canary-yellow kitchen might make one squeal with delight, and another with disgust.
So how do you pick colours for your home?
I have a bit of unconventional advice when it comes to designing colour schemes that you will LOVE.
Here’s the thing: the first thing that most people do when they bring home paint swatches from the hardware store is hold them up to the wall.
This is a mistake. Why? Because the old colour will be gone.
The way our physiology deals with colour is 100% contextual. You know this. When you look at a swatch next to another one, it looks wildly different than when you look at it by itself, or against any other object.
So rather than trying to imagine what the colour will look like compared to the old colour, I recommend trying to imagine how the new colour will interact with the parts of the room that will remain.
Hold the swatch against the window frames, the furniture, the floor. Hold it up against your favourite vase or potted plant. Instead of asking yourself “does this match?” – ask yourself instead: How does this make me feel? How do I feel when I look at these objects together?
I almost want you to forget about colour entirely and use this more as an exercise in noticing emotional responses to visual stimuli.
Oh f*ck, I’ve just turned home interior design into a mindfulness exercise haven’t I? (#sorrynotsorry)
I have lots more to say about colour theory and design, but I’ll save it for another day. In the meantime I’ll leave you with some colour palette inspiration, to get the creative juices flowing in case you are also experiencing a surge of springtime project energy.
Swoon. Swoon. Super swoon. Mother Nature hits us with the big inspo yet again. Thanks mama.
Now I’d love to hear from you! Add a comment below and tell me what spring projects and colour combos you are most excited about right now.
With all my love, thank you for being here.