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Last week, I shared this year’s fall color palette and design themes [HERE] on the blog, but what I didn’t share was my process regarding how I decide on colors, decor layout and how to blend all of those ideas into a cohesive space. Below, I’m showing you a behind-the-scenes look at how I do design work both for my own home and for my home decor and e-design clients! Come inside my brains…if you dare. 😉
I usually begin with an inspiration piece, picture, color or concept, and then I let the room take shape from there. Not sure about you, but I need to be INSPIRED in order for the creative juices to really get to pumpin’, and I love that moment it all *clicks* in my mind! For my fall looks this year, I was so inspired by the mix of copper and navy found on the handles of some of my vintage copper tea kettles. I’d played with those colors a bit already in the guest room redo [HERE], so I knew I loved them.
Next on the design how-to list, I like to choose three or four colors and then stick to ’em! Variations on the color are okay, for example different shades of navy or creamy white along with basic navy and basic bright white, etc. I’ve found that if I give clients a small number of colors to stick to, it makes the design process and decor shopping a LOT easier. Plus, you end up with a totally cohesive space no matter what item you buy, because it all ends up in the same cohesive color palette!
To finish out the planning process, I like to choose a few finishes or accent colors plus a couple of textile patterns or textures to complete the space. Up above, you can see natural textiles mixed with navy and farmhouse pumpkin, plus the addition of copper, washed wood and chippy white paint. All of these choices regarding textiles and finishes should also remain pretty neutral and stick close to the chosen colors of the palette…that way once it’s all assembled, everything will blend and harmonize!
By shopping my own home for vintage pieces, old windows and lamps, I was able to create a welcoming entry way. Using the color palette created above, I added different shades of blue, green and cream pumpkins, along with my vintage copper I’ve collected over the years to add that warm fall tone to the mix. Threw in some farmhouse pillows (pumpkin pillow by Porter Lane Home), a few touches of pale faux lambs ear, and…a couple more pumpkins 😉, and we’ve got a fall farmhouse entry to welcome guests this season!
Hopefully this gave you some insight into my design process, and maybe you can use this process for your own home on your next project! Have a great day, buddies, and I so appreciate you stopping by. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more inside-Erin’s-head posts like this! 😉 Come say hi on Instagram and Facebook, too!