What music is to the ear, color is to the eye. Different colors are put together to create a color scheme much in the same way notes are put together to make music.

If you strike a note, and add certain sounds to follow, a chord is created that is pleasing to the ear whether harmonious or discordant. Notes and chords are strung together, producing a beautiful musical piece.


Similarly, if you select a favorite color, there are certain other colors that when added, produce a chromatic scheme that is pleasing to the eye.


Great music is composed by specialists with the tools, skills, experience, and techniques. A color composition should also be composed by a professional Interior Designer. Whatever your color preference, there are several ways for trained experts to find inspiration and create a perfect color composition for your home or business.


As an Interior Designer, I “write” your colors the same as a composer would write music. Whether it's harmony composed to accompany a melody is, or if colors are blended together that enhance a space, the end result in both examples is a beautiful composition. In the Interior Design industry it’s called a color scheme.


I start by telling my clients, “Begin by trusting your intuition, gut, or aesthetic. Toss out the rules. Today, anything goes provided it’s in the proper proportion.” I will help you.

Find the color you love, and the ideal, natural complement will logically follow. If you research ideas on your own, don’t use those itsy bitsy color chips or fabric swatches. Get BIG samples so you can see relationships when you place them together. And PLEASE! Don’t put colors next to each other on a table. If you’re considering a wall color or wall covering, put a BIG piece on the wall. Place floor colors on the floor, etc. Observe it in different lighting and at various times of day.


I recently observed a group of condo residents looking at proposed hallway carpeting and wallpaper samples. I was shocked when they lay the wallpaper flat on the floor next to the carpeting. My dear friends, that just won’t work. The planes are different, and the room’s lighting reflects differently off the various planes. I’m sure you understand my point.

Next, I’ll bring in other colors including a few you might never consider. I never met a color I didn’t like in the right context. You just might surprise yourself. Years ago, my least favorite color was violet. Now, I love using it with the proper shades of blue. Like a song, colors grow on you. Take care that the color scheme doesn’t stick in your mind like the tune you can’t get out of your head. That means it’s too overpowering.


Like music, colors reflect as well as affect our mood and emotions and the mood and emotions of those around us. Colors and music can affect us differently at different times. How do you feel on a dull, rainy, gray day compared with a clear blue sky, green leaves, sunshine, and flowers. It all depends on the circumstance. Waking up on a rainy Sunday, we feel cozy and protected as long as we don’t have to jump out of bed and go out.
Like music, color is a form of communication. Colors we select for our business send signals of our level of professionalism, can attract or repel a specific demographic, and impact the relationship of employees to employers and managers to the public.
Colors we select to use on a daily basis cannot be done frivolously. They are interpreted as intent. I’ll be happy to assist you in creating a symphony of color that will bring joy to all.

1 comment:

  1. Such wonderful content, especially about seeing the colors in different light and times of day.This is so important, and putting the colors where they are intended.It's so difficult to choose colors from paint swatches, they look one color in the store and entirely different in the home. How do you handle this?