Last week, I revealed my Sherwin-Williams Watery Budget Bathroom Makeover. Did you miss it? I know many of you have been having trouble receiving my RSS feed and emails, so if you missed it be sure to click the link to see the entire reveal! Today I wanted to share how the HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams Softer Side color palette inspired design elements for my bathroom. The new Softer Side palette is absolutely gorgeous and includes all of the colors pictured below.
I was instantly drawn to Watery (SW 6478) and knew that I wanted to use it on my walls. I don’t typically design a room by choosing a paint color first. In fact, this often makes the design process much more difficult! However, Watery was such a fantastic color that I knew it would be easy to incorporate. I wasn’t sure what other colors I wanted in my color story so took myself through my design process. Let’s go through it together!
How to Find Your Color Story
Step 1: Ask yourself, “How do I want to feel in this room?”
You can ask yourself, “How do I want this room to feel,” or you can ask yourself, “How do I want to feel in this room?” I prefer designing a room around how I want it to make me feel. I am in my bathroom first thing in the morning and last thing at night. It’s usually the two times of day when I am most tired, and honestly, the most grouchy. I don’t want to feel grouchy. I want to feel happy, peaceful, serene, and relaxed in my bathroom. Since colors evoke emotion, it’s important to consider the purpose of the room and the feelings you’d like to punctuate within the space.
Step 2: Gather your inspiration.
Starting a Pinterest board or collecting magazine tears is a great way to begin your color story. Don’t limit yourself to inspiration only found in shelter mags. Color stories can be found in nature, food, fashion—anywhere! As you gather images, you will begin to see patterns of colors you enjoy. Stare at your inspiration pictures often and eliminate any items or pictures that don’t seem to fit with the rest of your story.
Step 3: Shop your color inspiration.
Shopping with my colors in mind rarely disappoints. Sometimes I might be struck by an item completely unexpected and amazing and it will in-an-instant change my entire color story and room design direction. When this happens, I just go with it. However, typically what happens is that I’m drawn to items in a store that go perfectly with my carefully thought-out inspiration. For this color story, it started with these three towels. When I found them, the rest of my design plan fell into place.
Step 4: Create your plan.
I like to shop before I create my plan. Having your heart set on a specific fabric, or pattern, or color, or accessory that just isn’t available is no fun! Once I have a basic design plan, I shop for items available and tweak my plan accordingly.
Step 5: Implement your plan.
Your color story is determined and now it’s time to let it unfold! Implement your design plan and enjoy your new space.
To help you get started with your own color story, Sherwin-Williams is allowing me to give away 5 gallons of paint to one lucky (U.S. only) reader! Wowzers! You can tell a lot of color stories with that amount of paint :). To enter, please follow the prompts in the rafflecopter widget below. Viewing this post on a tablet and can’t see the rafflecopter widget? Click the three horizontal lines in the top corner and scroll down to “view desktop site” in order to enter. Good luck!