Decorating with primary colors - a how to.

 
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We all remember from art class in elementary school that the three primary colors are red, yellow, and blue, but it's a whole new ballgame when decorating with them.  Blue has always been one of my go to colors- I'm a blue person, 100%, and always think it looks good. But, I do love mixing things up by layering in more hues.

When working in more color, I like to stick with a hierarchy in the space. That way you can actually influence the way you and others experience the space. For example, the boldest and brightest pattern or color is what you will look at first, then the next boldest or brightest, and so on. That being said, choose your favorite color and use that as a base. Then, contrast it with the second color and use the third for small accents. That will keep the space feeling bright and fresh. Remember that prints and patterns bring in variation and add a lightness to the design, so take full advantage, but remember that solids act as landing points for your eyes.

For example, a sofa upholstered in a subtle blue and white ticking stripe could be accented with red pillows in a more organic print working in combination with solid pillows as a buffer. Use the color from the patterned pillows on a smaller upholstered piece, such as a chair, and the third hue for decorative accents. Here are some of my favorite home items that put to use our beloved primary colors:

                    Brunschwig & Fils Shishi fabric by the yard

                    Brunschwig & Fils Shishi fabric by the yard

Scrimshaw Lamp at Charlotte and Ivy- Must. Use. This. Somewhere.

Scrimshaw Lamp at Charlotte and Ivy- Must. Use. This. Somewhere.

Janson Stool by Made Goods

Janson Stool by Made Goods

Rugby Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug by Dash and Albert

Rugby Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug by Dash and Albert

Silkscreen Portal at Natural Curiosities

Silkscreen Portal at Natural Curiosities

Sheridan Wing Chair by Selamat

Sheridan Wing Chair by Selamat