Inspired Idea: Closet Coloring

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One of my favorite ways to update a space is with paint. It can completely transform a room and it’s relatively inexpensive if you do the painting yourself. For most people though, the challenge isn’t the actual painting, it’s picking the color.

A few days ago I was talking with an interior decorator that said before she paints someone’s home, she goes into their closet and looks at all the colors they wear. Because we tend to buy colors that compliment our own skin tone, we also gravitate to similar shades when decorating our home. Based on the colors she discovers in their closet, she is then able to help them select the perfect paint color. This makes sense because if you’re going to be surrounded by a color, it’s going to reflect on you a bit. And who doesn’t want to look their best in their own home? In a nutshell, you should pick paint colors that compliment both your skin tone and your closet.

I thought this was really interesting and figured you might find it helpful too. I honestly never thought of it! Once I finally selected a paint color for my room, guess what I did? Went into my closet to make sure it went with all my clothes, of course…

What color are your walls? If you were to paint them a color, what would it be?

In case you’re wondering, I went with a really pretty blush color. Surprise, surprise… I’ll post a photo once it’s done.

XO Lauren

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  • Melissa Panici

    Love this! We recently painted our living room. It is a tan color. I love earth-tone colors and they really reflect me as a person. Thanks for this tip Lauren!:)

    P.S. I had a great time meeting you in Lexington, KY. You were such a sweetheart:)

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    My walls are pink and white stripes at home! :)

    http://www.soupforthegirlysoul.blogspot.com

  • Sarah Heckle

    So interesting! I’d never think to do that. Most of my clothes are soft pastels….but today on my blog I wore….. a hot pink NEON dress!

  • Petra Zeller

    My walls are white because I’m not allowed to paint the walls :( but if I can I would paint it pastel yellow or mint green. Or a darker pastel pink. Great Post.
    xoxo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

  • Alba Cuci

    That’s very interesting! I can’t pain at my current place but if I could, my walls would be a blush collor mixed with nude. And add some hints of green.

  • Kaitlin Hubbard

    Awesome! I am planning on giving my bedroom a MAJOR makeover soon, and was gonna go with a light, dainty pink for the walls to give it a more sophisticated look.

    Thanks again Lauren for coming to Kansas City last night!! It was so nice to meet you! :) I’m so glad you were still able to make it despite all of your travel delays ;) Keep doing what you do, because you are amazing!! :)

  • Risa Pitman

    What an idea! I bet I have a lot of stripes in my closet. Does that mean I should paint my walls in stripes?!

    http://reallyrisa.wordpress.com/

  • Lacie Blake

    That’s good to know!! I’m an interior design major and I’ve never though of that!!

  • Rachael Yanta

    This is a great idea and couldn’t have come at a better time. We are contemplating new colors for our condo so this is a great idea for inspiration!! Thanks for the tip.

    Check out my new post for free shipping from ‘The Nautical Wheeler’

    http://www.rachaelkhawkins.blogspot.com

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    Love the idea. Makes sense. I wouls pick either a pinky blush or a soft blue color.

  • Emily Arnold

    Once I get possestion of my new living space I want to paint my walls a tiffany blue. Very sofisticated but adds just the right pop of colour!

  • Karie Obremski

    My walls are just plain white, nothing special. LOL

    Who would have guessed that you picked a nice blush color! That is definitely a great compliment to you, Lauren. (: Have a beautiful Wednesday!

  • Kiwi

    My walls are a pastel yellow which I really like and the color scheme for my room is the pastel yellow, teal, white, and a bit of spring green! It’s a very earthy and clean room colors!

  • Michelle LaPorte

    My walls are currently a light grey color. I love my room it has such a beachy feel which I love! I just pained it about a year ago so I think I will be sticking with this color for now!

    http://michellelivinglifebeautifully.blogspot.com/

  • Ashley S Wilson

    too funny. I wear a lot of neutrals with pops of color and my walls are a deep deep grey and a chocolate milk colored taupe with various decor in coordinating colors. Makes total sense!

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    That is really interesting! My walls right now are a warmer white and if I had to choose I would keep them that way. It makes my room look bigger which is nice considering that it’s super tiny.

    http://fitnessmisc.blogspot.com/

  • Brenna Gray

    My walls are a soft light pink color. It’s called Peppermint Stick :-) I’ve had them that color since I was a little girl. However, I don’t own many clothes that color :-(. I don’t think I can always pull them off. I wear a lot of teal and purple, but I wouldn’t want my walls those colors…

  • Lucy Harvey

    That really does make total sense! Can’t wait to try it out

    http://aspectatorsport.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Helen Le

    My colors are sage green and a light turquoise color. Love these colors because they make me feel like I’m at a beach, relaxing.

  • amber simpson

    My walls are called “”Vibrato”” Which is this intense pink. It has two white stripes going through it mid hight and on the opposite walls it is white with 2 pink (the same pink) stripes going through it. The borders are all a maple wood.

    This is the link to my room on Twitter :)

    http://t.co/RFrN2pLe

    Follow me :) AmberEveSimpson

  • jmums

    I would do a light yellow with pops of green

  • Kelley {Keep Sitting Pretty}

    Wow, never would have even thought of that, but what a great idea! I would love to add a coral and beach blue to my walls soon!

    XO Kelley

    http://www.keepsittingpretty.blogspot.com

  • Lizzie

    Great timing! I am actually planning to paint the two staircases in my home this weekend! The rest of our house is painted and it has been annoying me that our staircases are white. I was going to paint it a peach color.

  • karly goins

    Well this was sure interesting to read! I’m not shocked at all by your choice in color Lauren ;) the walls of my current bedroom are mocha brown, which I do happen to like and wear But my soon to be fiancee and I have started planning the decor of our future condo and I love LIGHT colors and he loves BLACK, so we’ve settled on dark navy &forest green striped walls, with off white cielings :p

  • Beth P

    wow this is so so intersting and so true! when i look at my apartment all of the colors can totally be found in my closet. i just painted the walls of my bedroom pelicn grey by benjamin moore… such a pretty neutral color (that happens to match my entire closety)

  • Rachel Trampel

    This is really cool! And it definitely makes sense!!!!! Great idea :)

    http://rachelslookbook.com/

  • Katjusha Bricman

    Thank you for this post Lauren!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to read more! My problem is that I wear a lot of black :I

    I have to really think about what colors to put on my bedrum walls. Right now it’s purple, because I’ve read somwhere that purple is relaxing and perfect for bedroom.

    Haven’t picked the living room color… I like pastel and earth colors. Natural…

  • Elisee prummel

    My walls are white and black and i wearing white and black often but i love light brown too;)

  • Katarina Milen

    i am going to paint mine “”deep sea blue””… don’t know how well it complements my closet but i have always liked the idea of a bright deep royal blue. It contrasts well w the “”tiramisu”” in my main living area of my apartment. i wanted to do a blush pink though – that was my second choice!

  • Alexandra Kiladjian

    I am going to be painting my room tiffany blue this summer! I love blues, and you are right it is because blue compliments my skin tone! I think I am going to do the outlines of the walls in black, like a picture frame.

  • Martin M

    My fav paint is a wonderful deep purple as highlight colour. It is used as a stripe on the wall with glitter. So in love with it :)

    http://www.look-scout.blogspot.de

  • Paulina Novaro

    I recently paint my room this is the result. I love it! I

  • Cassie Hanson

    love this lauren! my fav is cinderblock gray by ralph lauren. compliments neutrals & pastels – which are my go-to clothing colors :)

    http://www.daeplanner.com

  • Julia Barashk

    Wow that is a great tip! It is usually used for bathroom design – to make your reflection in the mirror the prettiest it can be.

    My walls are a pale brownish-pink [which is actually ""dust brown"" with lots of white in it]

  • Katey Tyksinski

    i painted my bedroom with pink vertical stripes! and my living room has diagonal blue stripes

  • Stephanie DiMaggio

    My room is a light purple color. I have a pop of light green with mirrored accents!!

    http://coutureconfidential.blogspot.com

  • Claire Coppersmith
  • Thafeez

    I don’t know if that would work for me! LOL I have a lot of different colors in my closet.

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Wow! What an interesting idea!

  • Rachael Olear

    My room is light pink like frosting on a cupcake!!:)

  • Claudia Merrill

    pink :) my room is completely pink, cream with hints of black and brass. I absolutely love it but it has taken over 4 years and its still not finished! Great tips though.

  • Mariella

    great great idea!!! thanks for sharing!

  • Kelly Burt

    My walls are pink right now. It’s sort of like a greyish pink. I’ve had this on my walls for years now and am really tired of it. I do plan on painting my room soon and I think I would like to stay in the pink or peach family.

  • Liesl

    At the moment, my walls are white. I’m renting so I’m not allowed to paint the walls. If I could, I’d probably paint my bedroom a light baby blue, or maybe a light beige.

    Liesl xxx

    http://www.pretty-random-things.com/

  • fashionsontop

    My walls are a light turquoise blue!:)

    http://www.fashionsontop.blogspot.com

  • Janey Moore

    Great idea! I’m moving soon and can’t wait to decorate my new place!

    http://fiveminutefashion.blogspot.com

  • Brigid of Small Town Fabulous

    I’ve heard of that before! I’m redoing my room soon, and the only problem is that almost all of my clothes are blue because it flatters me the most, but I just don’t like it. I think I’ll paint it light pink with some gray accents :) Tell me what you think at http://www.smalltownfabulous.blogspot.com (I’m having a giveaway! And I follow back!)

  • Annette Falt

    That is so true! My favorite color is blue and you can definitely see it from my style to clothes etc. AND we just painted our bedroom wall into blue (not only because of me) :)

  • Nathalia

    My main room is light grey with white furniture, while my clothes have all sorts of colours, but are usually on the bold/dark side. I just thought it would make the room very serene, which I need in my hectic life and it did.

    My kitchen on the other hand is dark green, red, natural wood and dark brown, because I decided that it needed spice-colours for inspiration.

  • Manon Berrevoets

    2 walls are dark red and the other two blue/green. they look really good together and after 4 years with these colors I’m still happy with them!

  • aviana wyall

    Neutrals cover about every space in my closet :) hahaha

  • Leanne

    I love neutrals.

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

  • Sung-Yeh Nordquist

    Thanks for the very helpful tip! :-)

  • Krista Gray

    Neutrals always win for walls. Makes it easy to switch around my decor/bedding/etc often :)

  • Shannon T

    My rooms pink from when I was little. And I have to admit its my favorite color to this day. I would probably chose a blush color to redo my room with too.

  • Cluny Grey

    My bedroom is always peach because that colour is so becoming. You can find lots of peach in my closet, too, among the blacks and greys that I wear all the time.

    http://clunygrey.blogspot.com

    http://donnachloe.blogspot.com

  • Ashley Walker

    I wear a lot of dark clothes like black or browns but I think I would have to go with a dark green color.

  • simone munnik

    I have a small room, so I went with White walls, as it makes it appear bigger!

    Love… xxx

    http://love2stylebeauty.blogspot.com/

  • Antoniya Todorova

    I my room peach, because i have a very big closet and a small room, so it reflects on my clothes and goes perfectly with what im wearing (which is mostly pinks,yellows, blues, and more bright happy colors) :)

    <3 You LAUREN!!(:

  • Jennifer VG

    My walls are brown and yeah brown is a perfect colors for me.

    I never think about this but it’s totally right :)

    XO Jenn

    http://jenny-kate.blogspot.com/

  • Taylor Bonar

    I would have never thought of doing this myself, but it really does make sense! Yet another one of your great tips!

  • Shellz
  • Angela Christianson
  • Jessica Baldock

    A light pink..

  • kayla thomas

    I would go exotic… teal and rasberry look cool. It match my Morroccan styled room!

  • Cassandra Argo

    My walls are currently an antique white color, but I would love to paint them soon. I am trying to decide what color…I love blues & greens, but think I want something completely different from my “”norm””. Something light and fresh…maybe a blushy pink, silvery lavender, or springy green. Lots of choices…good thing paint is inexpensive!!! Anyone have any opinions?

  • Michelle Marquez

    Sadly my room is white, but i would love to paint is a nice vintage, ashy pink. Not a bright pink! Or maybe gray.

  • bbuckk

    i just recently painted my room a tiffany blue and it’s gorgeous, for us blue lovers!! i also did the back wall a silver sparkly paint (martha stewart) and it’s amazing for anyone interested!!

  • Shannon Burke

    My walls are teal blue and i have a newyork wall.

  • Sara Neely

    I would love to paint the walls in my home office blush pink but I rent my house, and my landlord won’t let me paint :( My walls are an awful yellowy-beige color. It drives me NUTS.

  • Irizarry Francheska

    My walls are green, fuchia and punk rock pink. I would like to change it to a soft mint green and silver because I can’t stand high emotions colors anymore. U.U

    http://creativityrunningonmybrain.blogspot.com/

  • beautybabe101

    My room is almost a wedgewood blue; just paler. I love it and it goes with nearly all my clothes.

  • Fanny Staahl

    My walls are purple :) It’s pretty cute, but I have problem with my decoration, can’t match it so good but I’m working on it :)

  • Kia

    My walls are a light purple and i have dark purple Christmas lights lining the ceiling. It’s youthful and feminine. I love it! :)

  • AnselSf

    My walls are salmon pink, but I’m now changing them to bone white for the new year’s. I even got the paint, and everyting. :)

  • Paige Richards

    The walls in my bedroom are a beige white with one charcoal feature wall… This fact is so true when I look at all the colours in my home the all reflect my wardrobe!

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