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Finding Inspiration: Kris’s Color Stripes

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There are so many colors in the world, how do you find a palette that’s right for you? Color inspiration is anywhere and everywhere. One of my favorite blogs, Kris’s Color Stripes, knows that better than anyone. I absolutely adore Kris’s lovely palettes inspired by everything from nature to cities to artwork…even insects!  If you are looking for fresh new combos, this is a great place to start. 

I picked 4 of Kris’s recent color stripes and tried them out on our friend’s very bright (and clean!) Hong Kong apartment.

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Cherry Blossom Palette

Cherry Blossom Palette

First, a spring (and Japanese) inspired cherry blossom palette. You can see how the color stripes are pulled directly from the photo to create endless custom palettes. I thought the dining room would look great as a dramatic accent wall and the black doesn’t disappoint!

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Venetian Palette

Venetian Palette

Who doesn’t love Venice? These colors make a warm, inviting space. I always love shades of terra cotta and the green is just the right shade of olive. Also notice how we added a throw blanket on the couch to pull the color across the room. The walls include art from CB2 and West Elm.

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Rustic Door Palette

Next, a modern room inspired by rustic architectural details.  Blue and brown are an excellent combination that can be both modern and classic.  To give it a little playfulness, you can also include the aqua color stripe.  Big paper lanterns and live bamboo freshen up the whole look.

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Sweet Treats Palette

Sweet Treats Palette

I couldn’t finish this post without a proper striped wall, of course! Again, the dining room wall is the perfect place to highlight the lovely sweet treat palette.  With a wall this bold, you don’t need much art.  However, a bold light from CB2 helps balance the strong graphic pattern.

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I’ve been following Kris’s Color Stripes for awhile and we hope you can find inspiration, too. Why not use your own favorite things or places to inspire a palette for your home?

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5 Comments

  1. Barb

    The actual picture and the palette is a great feature. Could you do that with any photograph or artwork? Derive a palette from an inspiration piece? Could you do the Venetian palette in different combos? This is a versatile room on which to examine color choices – do keep it up!

  2. Cindy

    I am fascinated by color and the effect it has on a room. I love your site and Kris’s site too! Her color stripes are genius. I used them to help me with an art project. You can see it here.

    I may have to summit a picture. I’ve been trying to decide a color for my bedroom.

    Have a great day!
    Cindy

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