My life doesn’t always allow me to travel as much as I’d like, so sometimes I live vicariously through other folks who are actually globe trotting. Or at least driving farther than their local elementary school.
Fortunately, my parents just took a trip to France, so I’ve been devouring all their stories and photos. This one particularly intrigued me, due to its unusual orientation and full spectrum of colors. It’s the view upwards toward the top of the dome of the Basilica Notre Dame, in Lyon. (Not to be confused with THE Notre Dame, in Paris.)
The colors, by Valspar, are (left to right):
- Relaxed Navy
- Swiftly Green
- Pebble Creek
- Billiards Room
I’ve come to look at everything that attracts my eye with the question, “How would I decorate around that?” Decorating around a piece that contains every color can be challenging. How do you pick just a few?
In this case, I was most drawn to the greens and blues, and of course the gold accents. They seem so regal. At first I had a royal red too, which is definitely in there, but when I pulled it out into a color swatch, it seemed to stick out a little bit too much.
You might find that issue in decorating too. For instance, if you’re working from a pillow that has an accent color in it, that color may look completely different when you paint a wall with it. You need to be able to translate that color from what your eye actually sees, to what your brain interprets.
Lots of times, the original color just needs to be muted a little, either lightened or grayed out a bit. If you find yourself struggling with this, I can help you out!
For some reason, this palette strikes me as a good one for a man cave, or a study. Maybe it’s the blues and greens. Either way, it’s a classic. If you don’t believe me, just go to Basilica Notre Dame and check it out for yourself!
*By the way, I’m always looking for new photos for color palette inspiration. If you have one you’d like to share, please send it to me and I’ll make a color palette for you out of it, and share it here.