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Developing a color palette is one of my favorite things to do. Whether I’m designing a new pillow or wall treatment for AphroChic, one of the first things I like to start with is color. As you can probably tell from my posts, I’m all about bright palettes and bold shades, and I love to explore the color spectrum by creating a mood board or something visual to get inspired. I have a few favorite tools for finding just the right shade. I personally can’t live without the Pantone app on my iPhone, and my other favorite tool is Pinterest, a cool site where you can take some of your favorite images from the web and put them into a visual scrapbook or “board.” I decided to create one for my current color crush — purple.

Regal, warm, and a beautiful accent color, my Pinterest board explores all my favorite purple shades from grape to a warm gray-purple mix.

Angie Hranowski Design Studio

I’ve found that curating a favorite shade in a visual inspiration board leads to unexpected discoveries. You never know what will pop out at you. Like that a purple sofa can look amazing when paired with bits of brown and cream…

Marie Claire Maison

…and that modern wood furniture pieces can ground shades like dark purple, blue and pink.

Angie Hranowski Design Studio

Or that Madeline Weinrib is in fact one of the best rug designers ever and that her Moroccan-inspired rug in deep grape, pictured in this living space, is absolute perfection.

Do you make mood or inspiration boards to explore color? Are you traditional in your approach, cutting and pasting from magazines? Or have you gone digital using Photoshop like Erin Loechner or sites like Pinterest? If so, what site do you use?

Tell me in the comments below.

17 Responses

  1. Jessica Hoelzel says:

    Placing purple items in the Wealth area of a home or office will strengthen the feng shui of that area – for more blessings and abundance – did you know? I write a feng shui blog: <a href="http://www.day2dayfengshui.blogspot.com” target=”_blank”>www.day2dayfengshui.blogspot.com where I discuss organizing and design ideas, along with traditional feng shui cures. This post offers some great visuals, I will be sure to RT.

  2. Natalia says:

    I like purple hues,but in some interiors they unsuitable…especially in the northern sides.It can be useful only like an vivid accents.Also the purple is the color of Cardinals.

  3. CplusE says:

    I love to do style boards and inspiration boards on my blog, which I use more as a personal journal than a public forum. Picasa on Blogger lets you create collages for style boards, and I often devote an entire post to design inspirations. I sometimes focus on color (a yellow-orange hue called "butternut" recently caught my eye, which BTW looks great with purple!), but animal lover that I am, I also like to pick an animal and seek out design ideas based upon that creature! Even if I never use these creations, it is fun to go back and look at them once in a while, and I never seem to run out of topics to explore. I have also used the old-fashioned cut-and-paste method (I am old enough to remember a time when computers were not commonplace) and still have my design binder, but I have to admit that I haven't gone that route in a very long time!

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  7. Karen says:

    I love purple. This place made me fill like I was a queen looking at it. I love metal colored walls and wonder if it would be just as beautiful with that kind of touch. I do not like industrill look. Instead I like warm metal colors. So this room would be perfect if I could see just a few more dark warm colors mixed with the cool purple.

  8. Sarah Wise says:

    I love purple and it's I color I often choose in clothing. However, I think it can be difficult as a furnishing color, and often looks cold and bleak in the wrong lighting. I think this can be helped by choosing a variety of textures. I love this velvet sofa: http://www.comcore21.com/IVG2/N/ProductID-119174….

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  10. Nell says:

    My favorite color is puple and I realize I don't have this beautiful color incorporate anywhere around my house. I like the examples I see in the photos above all I need now is someone from HGTV to come and help me redesign my room. : ^ )

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