Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Your Personal Color Palette

A few weeks ago, Nate Berkus conducted a little "color quiz" on his show. It was interesting to me how he did this by asking a few questions to audience participants unrelated to color, and came up with a palette that they should apply in their homes. I love Nate, and of course anything can happen on T.V., but it nudged my memory bank for a quiz I took years ago in school.

Since I shared some color stats with you in my 2nd post, I would like to include this quiz now for you to take....it's just a wee bit of fun and the end results are exactly what Nate did on his show. Are you ready....get a pencil and paper, here you go.

l. Think of a color, any color. It does not have to be your favorite, just the first color that comes to mind.

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? (Think specific: Nantucket, Paris, Sante Fe, San Francisco....) Now, visualize that place and name four colors you see there.

3. What was your favorite room in any house you lived in as a child? What color was it?

4. Imagine you're going on your dream vacation (the beach, ski trip, a national park, Hawaii). Picture your destination. What four colors surround you there?

5. Name one of your most beloved friends, family members or teachers from any time in your life. What color do you associate with that person? (The answer could be based on either a color that person wore often or simply a color that evokes the feelings you had around that person.)

6. Look in your closet and drawers and study your clothes. Do one or two colors predominate?

7. Look around your house and find three favorite objects, anything from a painting to a piece of pottery to a worn flannel shirt. What color are they?

Now look at the colors you've written down. The ones that appear the most often make you feel happiest, safest and most relaxed. That means you'd probably be very happy living with those colors on your walls, furniture or floor. To find the best shades (after all, there are literally thousands of blues, for example), go to a paint store and bring home lots of strips of various shades of your three top colors. Then, leave them in a busy area - say, the dining room table or kitchen counter, someplace you'll see them often. (Do not put them on the wall). Every time you walk by, eliminate one or two strips. At the end of a week, you'll have it narrowed down to two or three. Then match different colors by choosing shades that are all in the same position on the paint strip - the middle blue and middle yellow, for instance.

This is a fun little exercise and will discover what colors suit yourself and your home.


I visited a fun little shop this past weekend and want to continue my "where am I?"
post with you. Take some time out of your busy schedule and busy these places enjoying a "step back in time". (I'm finding I'm from back in time and certainly of the vintage era).

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Vintage Begonia located in Old Town Front Street, Temecula, California

I hope you are having as much fun as I am with sharing fun "stuff". Until next time. Be sure to leave your comments and "follow me".


2 comments:

Cheryl ~ Casual Cottage Chic said...

Jackie of Vintage Begonia has a lovely selection of vintage painted furniture. And she has a great eye for creating vingettes for displaying these pieces. Thanks for sharing her shop on your blog!
Old Town Temecula is full of wonderful antique shops :-)

Leslie said...

Great post! I do have a question. I'm looking to bring some vintage painted furniture into my living room, but what other accessories would you suggest to accompany a vintage futon and this rickety old rocking chair I found at a yard sale. That's all I got, but I want more ideas. Help?