Do you have a difficult time coordinating colors? Not good at visualizing what a room when look like once its completed? Or are you just itching to try out your design skills?
No matter the reason, we have your resources! Just click the sub-headings below to take you right to the resource.
- Design Seeds: This is a new take on paint chips and color swatches. Founded by Jessica out of Madison, WI. A “seed” is a color palette based off of an image. Jessica digitally “mixes” the colors for images that are user submitted to Instagram. See the blooming brights example below. To go from this color palette to paint for your walls. Simply print and bring to any paint counter and find matching (or similar) colors from the available paint chips. Some stores are able to customize colors from the samples you bring in. *Keep in mind-not all colors replicate from digital to paint. Ask the paint department for help and advice.* Visit Design Seeds to see the full array of color palettes.
- Behr Color Smart: Allows you to view the entire collection of Behr Paint digitally. You can choose room photos out of their pre-made gallery or you can upload your own photo and see the color in your house. The simplicity of this online tool is a definite plus! Visit the Behr website to try out this tool.
- Autodesk Homestyler: This is a very detailed online tool that works well for the finishing process of your remodel. The program allows you to choose from pre-designed floor plans or customize your own. It also allows you to choose from thousands of finishes; everything from floor coverings to wall artwork. The Shopping List feature is very helpful by providing the paint color and brand as well as the dimensions for the wall artwork. If you choose furniture pieces provided by a brand you are given a link to their website via the Shopping List. Often you can purchase the products directly from their websites.
- Pinterest: User friendly online bulletin board. Give you the ability to keep things organized digitally complete with links to the original articles and pinspiration.
- Houzz.com: Tons of articles, products, and inspirations, specifically for houses. No recipes here! Complete with reviews and photos from the professionals you’re considering for your home projects.
- Classic Inspiration Board: I am a firm believer that not everything has to be digital today… That’s why I’m leaving you with the classic Inspiration Board. Take the old bulletin board out of the garage, dress it up, and keep it somewhere you’ll see it. Cut out the photos from magazines and print off things you like from online. Having items you can physically touch may be the difference in changing from an idea to reality.
What else would you add to our list? How do you best organize for a large project? Are you more plan ahead or go with the flow? Let us know in the comments!