Wednesday, August 11, 2010

6 people everyone needs to know for colour

Today in my inbox I received this great article from Sherwin Williams about color. The article, Material color: When color takes the driver's seat, discusses how integral color is to the design process. "Color is always an important part of any design process, but it's important to be judicious- sometimes subtly or boldly." I cannot agree more.

When designing a home, I always start with color. Questions I will ask-What is the story that the client is trying to achieve? What is the feeling they want to accomplish? Does the architecture speak to me in unusual ways? But most importantly-What is the client's lifestyle, and what inspires them. A great example of inspiration is a post, The little things by Anne from Annechovie. She shows what pieces speak to her and how they make her happy. Another post on eye candy sure to inspire is Sassy, by Deliciously Organized. I also look to beautiful photos to jump start my creative color ideas:

Nathan Turner via Everything LEB

Clark County Parade of homes

Clark county Parade of homes

Right off the bat, the article states: "... color inspiration can be drawn from something as inconsequential as a pebble to something as forceful as a mountain range." -Amy Kim

In my opinion everything in an interior is an integral part of making the recipe work, but without the right color, the space lacks character and ambiance. ~Amanda Burdge

Want help on your next project? Having difficulty with choosing the right color? Here are some excellent reads you can't miss on everything you need to KNOW about


Colorbudz by Lori Sawaya
Arte Styling By Kelly Berg
Color Marie by Marie Brady
Color Sizzle by Kelly Porter
Hue by Rachel Perls
Colour Me happy by Maria Killam

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  1. Thanks, now I'm off to check these fine folks out.

  2. Great post! I always love being introduced to new blogs, and yours is quickly becoming a favorite. Abby & Her Boys

  3. Great post! Thanks for these great recommendations.
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)

  4. Not only are these lovely images, this is great advice - thanks!!

  5. Thanks for the beautiful shout out, AB!!! Such a great compliment coming from a designer as talented as yourself. :)

  6. Thanks Amanda, I need to check these folks out too, learning so much from you!

  7. At Color Budz there's always room for more budz in our tribe.

    If you know a lot about color or just a little, you have a unique color point of view and we would love to know more about it. Come on over, jump in and comment if ya want, or just read and listen.

    Everyone is welcome. Just being into color means you automatically belong to the tribe.

    And if you haven't already, be sure to check out Amanda's podcast about Lighting. It is one of the most popular podcasts on Color Budz to date.

    Loads of good info thanks to our bud, Amanda! Thanks for the shout out here on your blog AB.

    Lori (funcolors)

  8. Thanks for the splash of color and insight :) Everything is coming up white these days (which I do love) but's so defining!!! Must go visit now...

  9. Thank you for the tips on color choices. Some of the ideas that these women and you have posted have really made me stop and think. Glad to meet you!

  10. Thanks for the Mention!! xoxo Maria

  11. Great post, Amanda! I am debating on what to paint a chest of drawers to use as a buffet in the living room, I've gone honestly, from deep lacquered red to hot pink to turquoise to cream to distressed white, can't make up my mind! Thanks for the tips!

  12. Amanda -- fab post, as always a great source of information.

  13. awesome post! im totally intrigued with the way certain colors and color combos make you feel, the thoughts, memories and feelings they invoke...

  14. Thanks for all of these colorful links...and your inspiration photos here are all so amazing!

  15. Great post! I agree that color is an important part of decor. Thank you for all the info.

  16. Thanks for the shout out, Amanda-and lovely, inspiring visuals. The office pic is my fav!

  17. GREAT POST, Amanda! Filled with tons of helpful "tidbts"! I always say that getting the wall color right comprises a large part of the "bones" of designing a space. Also, I wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago about magical fabrics, or inspiration fabrics. It's true that inspiration for a space can truly come from almost anywhere. Thanks for your FAB blog! Love reading along!

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