You've probably noticed that my scrapbook/project life pages seem to also be made up of mostly bright colors. I want my pictures to jump out of the book at whoever is reading it...me, mostly I want them to jump out at me. Let's be honest, I'm going to be the one to read this book the most, right?
So I thought I'd share with you guys a couple of rules that I try to remember when designing anything with color (both in the house and on my scrapbook pages). I'll also try to give as many visual examples as I can as we go along.
A POP OF COLOR
I love a nice pop of color. Something that just smacks you in the face and leaves you wanting more. With bright colors (really with any color scheme), that's the goal, to give just enough of the bright color without giving too much of a good thing. For example:
Pottery Barn...of course. They are the masters of color and the reason I keep their catalogs around my house like magazine's I've paid for. Love that pop of green and aqua.
An example from Vintage Revivals of 2 color used just a bit to make them stand out. Don't you want more of the gorgeous green and yellow?
You can even incorporate this into your wardrobe selections.
Polyvore put this selection together. This green scarf is going to draw the eye upward toward your face (which many of you might not need but I sure do). It's also going to add interest. People will be drawn to it because it's not incorporated anywhere else in the outfit.
Polyvore. Love that salmon color that pops out of this ensemble. A little bit on the shirt repeated on the shoes. So cute.
So the next time you're ready to start your scrapbook page or change the theme of a room in your house, think about what color you like the most and make it pop by holding back.
A LOT, A LITTLE, A PINCH
Basically, this rule is to use a lot of one main or neutral color, a little of an accent color and a pinch of an additional color. I try to use this rule of thumb as often as I can remember to do it, but it is hard for me. I always want to go overboard on my "pinch."
Let's take a look at some examples, shall we? Hmmm? Alrightythen...
This nursery is from the Design, Dining & Diapers website. I look at this room and I see that blue peeking out at me through the gray, white and orange and I want more of it. I start thinking, oh, "oh I could put blue on the sheets, make a blue bird on that wall..." All overboard. Totally not needed to get people to see the blue. It's the fact that there isn't too much of it that makes it work. You've got a lot of the Gray/White, a little of the orange and a pinch of the blue. Boom, looks awesome.
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There are 3 lessons for you project life people here: 1) your pictures do not necessarily have to match the color scheme of the kit you're using. In fact, it can make your pictures stand out a bit more if you don't have too much of a repeating color scheme. 2) mix and match your kits if you have to in order to get the look you're going for. I used the Turquoise kit for this layout but that pink heart filler card on the bottom right is part of the cobalt kit (as is the pink arrow). 3) Adding a new color into the pre-determined color combinations is perfectly acceptable.
Here's a family photography example of this rule from Casey V Photography:
Here's another great example of this rule from theknot.com
I hope this will help you on your next project as far as color goes.