My husband prefers neutral tones but I love COLOR

Question: My husband prefers neutral tones but I love COLOR. How would you choose a color palette that would make both of us happy?


Answer: First, I’d take inventory of the things you have in your home that you will be keeping.

Then I’d consider your current light source, the colors, shades, and tones of the furniture, drapery, etc. This can be very exciting because I can determine your true color preferences and how colors actually look in your home. I have always found that choosing colors is best done during daylight hours.

I’ll want to find something within your existing decor to use as a starting point.

It may even be something that you wouldn’t necessarily notice. Perhaps a pattern in draperies or a color palette in a piece of artwork. I’ll start with neutrals that work with the furnishings you are keeping, then add tones (vs. shades, tints, or pure hues) of colors that you like. Then, I’ll go over a color preference survey with both of you. Once that’s done, I’ll create a stunning color palette that is uniquely yours and your husband’s.

Taking those things into consideration along with the natural light, exposure of the rooms, and lighting…

We can include pops of color to satisfy your desire for the mood that “color” creates. We’ll do this by adding splashes of color in objects that are not “fixed” or permanent or have a more subordinate role in the room. The plan is to choose colors that achieve harmony by blending with the neutrals vs. contrasting or competing with them. The color scheme in the bedroom in the image above is only one example of how this is done. The pillows and floral arrangement offer distinct colors of blush Pink, Woodrose, Peach, and a bit of Green to an otherwise neutral scheme of Ivory and Beige. “Color” yet neutral :). Colors with subtle contrast to Ivory, Beige, Gray, etc, give a neutral vibe but still have the individuality and subtle drama of “color.”

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