Billie Holiday and those white gardenias, Veronica Lake’s sultry, one-eye-covering hairstyle, James Dean and that leather jacket – signature looks have long been a way for celebrities to make a lasting impression. And who says a signature statement needs to be limited to celebs? Or fashion for that matter? Here’s how to put the same principle into practice when designing your home.
Discovering a signature look, even if it’s dialed down to a tiny detail, can help tremendously when deciding what to wear, how to put an outfit together, and how to make a lasting impression. But who says that needs to end with your wardrobe?
When designing your home, it can sometimes be difficult to get started. There are so many questions to consider – What aesthetic do you want? What should your color palette be? Do you want to jump in on the latest interior trends or play it safe with time-tested looks? And with the plethora of possibilities, the process can quickly become overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to do it all on your own.
Our trick is to start by defining a signature element – something that can serve as a foundation, provide a sense of cohesiveness and hopefully inspire a sense of empowerment when making all those tough decisions. This really could be anything, but perhaps the most effective and helpful element is color. Once you have a signature color, it becomes a million times easier to build your color palette and define the mood for each of your rooms.
Now comes the fun part. Finding your signature color. There are a few ways to do this if a specific color doesn’t immediately spring to mind:
– Take stock of the colors in your closet. Shades that you commonly dress in may reveal that you’ve already been cultivating a signature color that could work in your home decor too.
– Make a note of common colors in any artwork or photos that you know you want to display in your home. Often you may see a repeating tone that may work perfectly as your signature element.
– Make a list of your favorite colors. Be sure not to over-think this, and just go with your immediate inclinations. Once you have a list (which could be as few as two or three colors) jot down some notes about how each color makes you feel. Color can have a huge impact on mood, so you want to consider how your potential signature color will make you feel when it’s scattered throughout your home.
– Use a swatch kit to find the right color fit. Our Joybird swatch kit is a great way to consider a kaleidoscope of colors in person and see which catch your attention. If you can imagine a large furniture piece in that shade, it stands to reason that you’ve found your signature shade!
Once you’ve identified your signature color, you can use this as the base for your color palette by considering what contrasting and complementary colors will work well with it. The shade can also help inform your design style (for instance, if your signature color is orange, mid-century modern’s brightness and atomic sophistication may be the way to go.) Just ask yourself what interior style you associate with that color, and build from there.
Finally, as you select furniture and decor items for your home, look for small repetitions of that hue. It can be a detail in a piece of art, the color of your kitchen towels, or even in the upholstery on a set of chairs, but finding a variety of ways to work your color into each room of your home will create a sense of cohesion, and probably make the space more memorable to your guests. It’s like putting your own personal stamp on the space, which ultimately will make it feel uniquely your own!