What Fashion Styling Can Teach You About Using Colors in Your Home
Having worked on photo shoots for both wardrobe and interior scenes, I’m a firm believer that styling principles for both disciplines are basically the same ideas, just different applications. A lot of people often feel hesitant to add colors in their homes, here are three ways to use colors, stealing from fashion stylist’s book.
1. Add A Little Color
Isn’t she lovely? You can use neutral as your backdrop, by adding a little yellow, orange, green or red can provide a boost in an everyday, basic outfit.
I do this quite a bit when I style, adding pops of colors. I like to have a neutral background. Especially in home staging, you have to appeal to a broad range of buyers, so adding little pops of colors work really well for that. I do a lot of yellows, burnt oranges, greens and reds a lot for my little bits of accent colors.
2. Now, Add More Color
Now, add even more color! You can contrast your neutral background (in this case, black and white) with a blast of bright colors to make them really pop. In wardrobe, you can do so by wearing a bright coat pair with black jeans, or in this case, bright red jeans with a black and white top.
Same with interiors. You can introduce colors through your bedding, your accessories, artwork and accent pillows.
3. Now, Add A Lot of Color!
The trick of this is to keep things simple when you’re working with a lot of colors. Otherwise, it will look like a paint store exploded in your house. I love the way J.Crew had styled their model in this photograph. She’s classic, elegant and this styling is timeless.
Remember, who is the star here? When you’re dressing yourself, it’s you. When you’re styling a home, it’s your home. So pick something that can accentuate the focal point of the room and bring out the star.
For example, there are a lot going on in this room, especially with the patterns on the floor. In this particular house, there are also a lot of architectural details to look at and a lot of dark wood tones. But in general, it’s really “brown,” especially the way the light hits the walls in this dining room. So I added the red artwork, which added a color punch. I also used some red fruits in the bowl on the table as a corresponding accent. I kept other things simple, straight, clean-lined furniture with studded details on the chairs.