Studio to Home #3: Picking a Home Decor Color Scheme


Whether you have a new apartment or you’re just looking to spruce up your current place, picking a color scheme is going to be one of the hardest decisions that you’ll have to make when it comes to interior decorating. When I moved into my first apartment last year, I originally envisioned an all white space. However, it quickly looked like a sterile hospital room as opposed to a modern white space. During that time I was shopping at TJ Maxx where I came across the cutest hand beaded pillow and I knew I had to have it for my bed. Little did I know that this pillow would set the color scheme for not only my old apartment, but also for the new studio that I just moved into.


decor pillows

You can see the other pillows I got to match (those are from apartment #1). Do you like my new gray throw rug in the background? I think the gray helps tie it all together.


When I first got the beaded pillow last year, I loved it so much that I started pulling pieces to match it. I even painted the walls in my old apartment a similar mauve color and I got a mirror in a lighter mauve that had coordinating gold brushstrokes on it (another spontaneous TJ Maxx find – can you tell that I love that store so much?). I loved my decor in my old apartment & I was really sad that I had to leave. When I moved last month, I wanted to design my new studio based off of the colors in this pillow (what can I say, I’m a creature of habit)Is there a focus piece or a statement piece of furniture that you love? If so, it may be easier to decorate or create a vision if you have one piece to base your ideas off of.


decor pillow details

Here’s a closer look at the beading. Isn’t it beautiful? Also you can see my DIY “marble” coffee table peeking through in the background!


I must admit that the process of decorating around 1 piece has been kind of slow. Now that I know the colors that I have in mind (mauve, gold, white, cream, and grey) it is a lot harder to find the “perfect items” to add. The difference between decorating my old apartment and my new studio is that the first time around, I was so eager to be done decorating that I rushed a lot of my purchases and decisions. During that time, I just bought a lot of white and cream hoping that it would all match when I got home. Now that I know exactly what I’m looking for, I have to be a little bit more picky and I can’t just buy any and everything I see.


“If you’re struggling to put a color scheme together I’d suggest that you find a focus piece.”


Although it’s been taking me a bit longer to get my studio together, I can say that it has been a fun process so far and the things I do have coordinate beautifully. I can’t wait to see how everything ties together in the end. If you’re struggling to put a color scheme together I’d suggest that you find a focus piece. You can be like me and choose a decor pillow, or you can pick anything else from a work of art to your favorite flowers. If you want more inspiration check out my Home Decor Pinterest Board (click the link or see the widget below) where I save a lot of my decor ideas and inspiration.




“Keep paint color swatches that best match your decor in your car or in your purse/ wallet”


Another tip would be to keep color swatches that best match your decor in your car or in your purse/ wallet. You can find these for free at any major hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot. Pick the paint swatch or swatches that match your theme. If you’re trying to match something small, bring that item with you to make sure the color match is just right. If not, take a picture of the item you are focusing your theme around and make sure to use good lighting. You can also just keep  paint swatches of your walls if those will be your focus piece. By keeping paint color swatches in your car or wallet, you can reference them as needed. This is especially handy for those spontaneous TJ Maxx, Home Goods, or Target trips (I know I’m not the only one running to target for dish soap and leaving with picture frames, candles, and other decor items!). The mauve in my pillow is a bit tricky to match so this tip has been particularly useful for me when I’m trying to find the right colors in the store.


Have you decorated your house or apartment recently? If so, how did you choose a color scheme? Also if you’d like, you can catch up on how my studio decor process has been going via the links below:

-xo, Trisha

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P.S. If you were wondering, yes I used similar colors from this pillow when designing my blog. I may or may not have been on a mauve, white, and gray color scheme frenzy recently!

Choosing Home Decor Colors


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