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