Interior Design: The Complexion Factor | Community News


I often find myself following an experienced process to help me design a home. This process changes for every project since every home is unique, but the following can help you refine your home’s color palette.

One thing I want you to pay attention to is the direction a room’s windows face. If a room faces south, that room may feel warmer and will draw warm undertones. A white paint color with the slightest yellow undertone will show up in a south-facing room. If a room faces north, that same white paint color might look cooler or grayer.

In rooms facing multiple directions, the light in those rooms can be more unpredictable. Natural light will change in your room throughout the day and so will the colors of the room. What you want to find are colors that complement the room.

The second thing to take into consideration are the fixed and furnished elements of your home. Fixed and furnished items can include flooring, tile, stone, fixtures, cabinetry, and furniture. Everything that is fixed in the room is taken into account when creating a color palette.

With the above factors in mind, do you think your home has a complexion? It’s like your skin tone. When trying on clothes or choosing makeup, you think about colors that go well with your skin tone. Our homes are not so different.

What colors work together to create harmony with the complexion of your home? Now that summer is winding down, you may have started decorating your home for the fall season. In doing so, you can use this complexion theory.

Start with a room in your house. I started with a table arrangement in my dining room. This will be the basic arrangement I’ll be wearing until Thanksgiving, with or without a few accessories. My dining room has a large south-facing window, so the natural light in the room is warm. The exterior of my house is painted Sherwin Williams “Eliza Lucas” which is a beautiful blue-green color.

My house has a coastal style, so I brought the exterior in and painted accents of the blue-green exterior color inside my house. My walls are painted a glossy cream white. For the dining table, I started with creamy white colors that coordinate with my dining room table and walls. I added gold block printed napkins with blue greens and other fall colors. Block printing is a beautiful technique that you can find in fabrics and wallpapers.

The dinner plates coordinate with my blue-green accents and I use them often all year round. Glass accents and amber candles reflect warm natural light and create a cozy setting. For flower arrangements, you can use seasonal foliage. Magnolia leaves make a beautiful seasonal arrangement or garland. I love a heavily decorated table, but sometimes I like to keep things simple and organic. Simple color choices, texture and light were my inspiration for this table.

By recognizing the skin tone of my home and coordinating my seasonal decorations with the existing color palette of the house, I never tire of seeing the decorations. Everything works well together. You can do it too!

Check out our fall decorating color wheel for examples of colors that go together well and let me know if you found it helpful. Thanks for reading and as always, happy decorating!

Hello readers. My name is Nikki Brantley. I own a boutique interior design business in Summerville. Each month I will write about interior design and share information to help you decorate your home. I will post photos with the item for your reference. If you have any questions and enjoy reading, get in touch and let us know what you think. If you do a project based on my advice, I’d love to see what you put together. Please send your photos and we can share them! Email: [email protected]

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