Choosing My Blue & Green Hues


So a few days ago, I revealed the color scheme I'd be using in my attic bedroom later this summer.  (Check out the inspiration-laden post here.)  Basically, I'm going to mix turquoise, chartreuse, baby blue, and a little mint green with neutrals like cream and gray.  It will definitely be a major contrast to my current color-explosion of a room.  (To see the color explosion I'm talking about, take a tour of my bedroom.)  I've had a few emails asking how I decided on a color scheme.  Where did I begin?  Where did I find inspiration?  So let's get down to business.



Early on, I decided I wanted to do something totally different.  I've been living with the orange+red+green scheme for about a year now.  Before that, it was pink+orange+blue+green.  While I love those colors and will probably eventually come back to them in one way or another, I also love change.  I love mixing things up.  So I went back to the drawing board. 


One of the first colors I thought of was turquoise.  Turquoise is my favorite color.  When I lived back home with my parents, my bedroom was painted a gorgeous shade of deep teal.  Furniture and accessories were cream, black, gold, and bits of orange.  It was rich, luxurious, and lovely.  And I miss being surrounded by that shade.  (You can see in my current space that I've even snuck turquoise in just because I like it.)  So I decided that in this next bedroom, I'd bring my favorite color back in.


Another major reason behind my color scheme is thinking about what I already own.  I'm not on a budget that's going to allow me to go out and buy a whole bunch of new accessories.  So I'm probably going to spray paint my desk organizer a shade of teal, blue, or green... as well as the metal magazine rack.  The back of my lovely little vintage chair is going to get a nice coat of turquoise paint.  And my super colorful quilt?  It's reversible.  And it's a gorgeous shade of yellow green on the flip-side.

Top Left: See, I already have turquoise glassware.
Top Right: ...And lovely turquoise magazine holders.
Bottom Left: This quilt is solid green when reversed.
Bottom Right: I'll paint turquoise over the red on this chair.

Also, I got to thinking about what I have packed away in boxes back at my parents' house.  


Top Left: I have a small collection of antique turquoise glassware similar to this dish.
Top Right: I have a beautiful, vintage, baby blue and cream typewriter from the 1960s.
Bottom Left: Not to mention, I scored these teal insulators during a recent antiquing trip.
Bottom Right: As well as this mint hand and adorable little blue 1917 book.

It comes down to choosing my favorite color, and taking a good hard look at things I already own that will compliment a color scheme with that color.  I'm really excited to try out a cool, tranquil, marine color scheme.  Oh, and btw... I'm toying with the idea of a few punches of hot pink.  All in the details.  A candle here, a vase of flowers there.  (Every room needs just a little bit of pink, right?)

Btw, the color combo images in the first half of this post are from Design Seeds.  It's a great site for browsing different color schemes to see how hues work together.  (You've probably seen their stuff on Pinterest.)







Comments

College Girl said…
Have you thought about staining the chair a nice cream or gray to go along with the rest of your color scheme? Love the colors. Can't wait to see the finished product!