Once my client and I agreed on a direction for the furniture layout in her living room and dining room, the next step was to determine a color story for the space. The colors we use need to play well with the existing elements in the space. The trim is oak, and the floors are a light maple. The fireplace is a red brick, which is thankfully not too bossy. The floor in the entryway is a slate look tile, and the walls were just painted Benjamin Moore Litchfield Gray. The kitchen, which is visible from the TV nook, was designed in shades of warm grays and taupes.
I knew my client loves red, but I wanted to see what other colors she would be open to, so I sent her my Color Questionnaire and asked that she and her husband to complete it separately. The questionnaire is based on researched conducted by Shigenobu Kobayashi in Japan during the 1980s in conjunction with the Nippon Research Institute. I relied on Kobayashi's work heavily for my masters thesis and found that his results are still relevant today. I've previously used his Color Image Scale with other clients to establish palettes for their businesses and homes and love how accurate it is.
My client was convinced that she and her husband would want completely different moods and colors in their space, but their responses were actually very similar. I analyzed the results and found that they wanted to create an enjoyable, casual, natural space that was simple, open and cheerful.
I looked at each of the colors that they selected and used them to generate several color palettes that would invoke the mood we were hoping to create. In each of these palettes, the color on the far right is the Benjamin Moore Litchfield Gray.