Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home (2015)

PART ONE

setting up your home

color

MAPLEWOOD, NJ

Mary + Lou Castelli

Mother + Private Equity Manager

daughter, Sienna + sons Colton, Rex, Bo

Color is a direct reflection of personality.

You want to choose a palette that makes you feel happy in every room. Because it is so personal, though, picking the right shade can be a real stumbling block; it’s easy to hesitate and not express yourself fully.

But we say … go for it!

The safest way to start thinking about color is to choose a palette from either the Warm Family (reds, yellows, oranges) or the Cool Family (blues, greens, purples). Picking a few shades within one of these two groups ensures harmony. As you get bolder, however, you can certainly start to mix warm and cool colors together: mossy green with canary yellow, crimson red with lapis blue … the options are limitless.

If you’re a bit more adventurous with color—but still want some direction—get inspired by something you already own and love: a rug, a piece of artwork or clothing, even an element from nature, like an eggshell, feather, or leaf. The fact that you love it means it will sing in your home—and the fact that all these colors already exist together means they’ll work nicely in a room.

taking the color splash

If you’re ready for a bold mix, picking shades from opposite ends of the color wheel will always be complementary. Selecting hues that appear next to each other is a subtler combination that creates interesting definition in a space.

THE 80/20 RULE Before you get too color hungry, keep this in mind: a little bit of color goes a long way. Using whites, off-whites, and neutrals in up to 80 percent of a room, and then filling the other 20 percent with a highly saturated shade, gives you the right baseline mix. We call it the 80/20 Rule—and it’s a sure guide to getting color right in every room. You’ll find that once you start pushing color into your space, it will dramatically change the feeling of your whole home. But don’t be timid; almost nothing is permanent when it comes to home decor … especially paint.

THE 80/20 RULE Before you get too color hungry, keep this in mind: a little bit of color goes a long way. Using whites, off-whites, and neutrals in up to 80 percent of a room, and then filling the other 20 percent with a highly saturated shade, gives you the right baseline mix. We call it the 80/20 Rule—and it’s a sure guide to getting color right in every room. You’ll find that once you start pushing color into your space, it will dramatically change the feeling of your whole home. But don’t be timid; almost nothing is permanent when it comes to home decor … especially paint.

color schemes … with a twist

We’ve designed one palette for each of our signature styles. Don’t think of them as the only way to achieve these looks—think of them as a jumping-off point for making your own.

warm industrial

PRIMARY COLOR: fern green

ACCENT COLORS: powder blue-gray + light silver

ADVENTUROUS POP: add marigold

FLOORS: medium-tone distressed wood

FABRIC: neon pink geometric print

 

happy modern

PRIMARY COLOR: azure blue

ACCENT COLORS: black + eggshell

ADVENTUROUS POP: add forest green

FLOORS: textured carpet

FABRIC: bold floral print

 

simple chic

PRIMARY COLOR: dutch linen

ACCENT COLORS: soft pink + deep navy

ADVENTUROUS POP: add sunglow yellow

FLOORS: honey-tone wood

FABRIC: cowhide

 

eclectic collector

PRIMARY COLOR: creamsicle orange

ACCENT COLORS: chalkboard + light yellow

ADVENTUROUS POP: add fuchsia

FLOORS: distressed cement

FABRIC: textured berber

 

classic glam

PRIMARY COLOR: gray

ACCENT COLORS: purple + olive

ADVENTUROUS POP: add tomato red

FLOORS: black wood

FABRIC: faded persian textile

 

contemporary cottage

PRIMARY COLOR: saddle suede

ACCENT COLORS: gray + ink

ADVENTUROUS POP: add kelly green

FLOORS: moroccan rug

FABRIC: rustic stripe

 

organic modern

PRIMARY COLOR: white

ACCENT COLORS: pale gray + moss green

ADVENTUROUS POP: add silver

FLOORS: pale wood in herringbone pattern

FABRIC: french crochet

 

new traditional

PRIMARY COLOR: subdued sea foam

ACCENT COLORS: chocolate + rich green

ADVENTUROUS POP: add ruby red

FLOORS: graphic patterned rug in a neutral shade

FABRIC: neutral check