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Session # 5 World of Color-Part 2

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White walls & pops of color make for a stunning design

Happy Saturday everyone !

Welcome to part # 2 of the wonderful world of color, hope you spent the 4th of July enjoying family and friends

I believe we ended part # 1 talking a little about designing with neutrals

As I mentioned in part 1, creating a room with a neutral color palette is the easiest and most pleasing for most people

A room full of color can be a bit intimidating, and not for everyone, BUT !  if you love color then embrace it, celebrate it, design your world around it !  

This blog is dedicated to help everyone find their personal style, the style that best expresses their since of taste and individuality

I believe the quote below say’s it all !


“An Interior is the natural projection of the soul”

Coco Chanel

So lets talk a little more about designing with neutrals

Interior neutral tones

When designing a room with a neutral color scheme there a few elements you should always incorporate

You never want a room to appear dull or boring, and a neutral color palette can easily become that


Black & White Bohemian

This is a perfect example of adding in texture. From the area rug, to the wicker light fixtures this room embraces texture !

Texture can be brought in with the flooring, upholstery fabric, drapery panels, throw pillows, small accessories and the mixing in of metals, wrought irons & rattan materials

Touch of nature

Neutral minimal Modern

This is a great example of incorporating a touch of nature. When designing a minimal modern room as in the photo above just by the addition of the fig tree in the corner adds a touch of coolness, and brings in nature, which is a natural soothing, calming element and adds just the right amount of contrast without being overwhelming


Black & Cream Modern

When designing a neutral palette as above I always recommend incorporating unique lighting fixtures. Again this color palette can get a little dull, so by adding in texture, a touch of nature & interesting lighting fixtures, a neutral room becomes elegant, timeless & sophisticated

Every year the paint companies come out with new (colors of the year)

2020 color forecast

Above is a forecast of the 2020 interior paint colors

I normally would not recommend using a color trend, but these are just beautiful. They are soft and very pleasing to the eye

Below I found a few photos showcasing these new 2020 colors

How to choose the right color for you ?

Professional tips:

  • Select colors you like, in the long run you can’t go wrong
  • Live with a new color choice in your home for a few days before making a final decision
  • Create your design using no more than (3) colors and a neutral. Add in what I call natural elements such as; wood, glass, stone and rattan. This will make for a successful design, and the design process much easier  
  • If you want to go with a bold paint color on the wall, I would suggest painting one focal wall in the room first, this way you may discover that the one wall is all you need before painting the entire room
  • If you want to use a bold fabric or print, better to start with small amounts and layer it into the design

If you have a design question please send me an email, and I will be more than happy to get you an answer

Please join me next Saturday for session # 6 harmony

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Terri Ortega

Terri Ortega

Terri Ortega is a professional interior designer. She started Back to Basics Interior Design in 2019 with a mission to teach the basic guidelines of good design. Instead of just showing photos of beautifully designed rooms, she wanted to share with everyone the skills and tools to achieve the same professional results in their own homes.

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