Have you ever been stopped in your Pinterest scroll by a colorful interior and thought, “I absolutely love this,” followed by, “I could never”? Well, you’re in the right place and not alone. Welcome to your first day of Color School, a series of mini-lessons designed to help you embrace color fearlessly into your home. If you want to follow along over the next three weeks and receive exclusive bonus content and tips directly to your inbox, sign up below!
While I’ve never been known to paint my walls in a security blanket of white, I’ve seen this whitewash trend sweep the internet in the last ten years. It’s only a matter of time before the pendulum naturally swings the other way, and within the last few years, more and more people are incorporating color back into their homes through paint, wallpaper, furniture, decor, art… I couldn’t be more thrilled about it! For over 14 years, Chris and I have been using our homes as our renovation playgrounds, and I’ve experimented with every color of the rainbow. I’ve had ups and downs, but through it all, I’ve learned a thing or two about incorporating color into my home more fearlessly.
I’m certainly not anti-white-walls, nor am I a stranger to them. But did we go overboard with white? This Apartment Therapy article from 2017 suggests that more people were painting their walls white to achieve some sort of Instagram aesthetic. I’ll admit, white walls are pretty photogenic, and in a world of content creation and documenting our lives on social media, that may have contributed to how we wound up in an epidemic of white
And what happens when you, your neighbors, and seemingly everyone you follow on social media have a houseful of white walls? Well, it eventually gets boring.
All that being said, I don’t think white walls are leaving us anytime soon, nor do I think they should. White is such a classic, simple, effortless way to make a space feel bright and airy, but when you douse the whole house in white, it’s bound to feel redundant. There’s a time and place for white (which we’ll get into in another lesson), but it’s time to make your home a reflection of you rather than playing it safe.
I have good news for the color-adverse: You don’t have to like color! We all have our preferences, and it’s totally fine by me if you naturally gravitate toward neutrals. Embracing color in your home isn’t about forcing you to like something you don’t. Rather, it’s a challenge to push the limits of creativity, fun, and self-exploration by inviting more color in. As Natasha Bedingfield would say, “Release your inhibitions!”
Even if you’re not a huge fan of color, I would argue that there’s color in everything! This seemingly monochromatic dining room, for example, is a balance of cool blue grays and warm woods, which was completely intentional, by the way. So whether you’re a skeptic, afraid, or simply don’t know where to start, we’re here to help.
In the upcoming lessons, we’ll be guiding you through the following:
If you want actionable steps, accountability, and bonus content, follow along with the email course!
One of the best ways to get over your fears is through a little exposure therapy. While I’m no psychologist, one way to inspire some more color into your life is by flipping through pretty interior photos. I have a growing collection of coffee table books I look to for inspiration and they double as home decor! Here are some of my favorites to get you started.
1. British Designers at Home $36
2. Charm School $42
3. Sophisticated Simplicity $60
4. The Most Beautiful Rooms in the World $65
5. Down to Earth $29
6. The Joy of Home $37
7. The Beauty of Home $33
8. The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses $57
9. The Finer Things $37
10. S is for Style $75
11. Poetry of Place $55
12. A Tale of Interiors $45
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here.
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The next project we’re checking off our 2023 project list is the mudroom! This used to be the laundry room until we built out a much bigger, better laundry room upstairs. So, in the meantime, this space has been exclusively Cricket’s room. Cricket will still have a special space here, but we’re transforming this dingy […]
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