The 3 Step Formula to a Color Scheme that Works


Visual interest as a result of pops of color, meticulously layered textures and bold prints are not just for the professionally curated spaces.  It’s easy to look at a statement piece and think to yourself, “I have no idea how to make this work,” so you walk away from it when the answer to that question was just to surround that piece with deliberate simplicity. This concept also rings true when choosing a color scheme, it doesn’t have to be so hard. Actually, it can even be a thought provoking adventure.

In the designer’s world, every client and space is completely unique so our process of color selection inevitably changes. However, Axle Homes has an easy to follow three-step process to help those clients who need more direction in finding a color scheme that looks luxe, professional, and classic.

Step 1: Simple Base Colors – It’s All About The Bones

We will let you in on a secret… Axle’s favorite? Black, White and Cognac! There are so many possibilities when starting with these three simple base colors. They stray from the path of only using grayscale or your parents traditional use of strictly primary colors (yikes!). When these three colors come together, the result is always beautiful harmony. Black and white are a match made in heaven and have been used throughout history. When balanced with that cognac color, you break that obvious pattern of stark tones and end up with something that really sings. Don’t overlook this dynamic threesome, these colors can work magic!

Natural oiled wood tones that resemble amber/cognac or iodine jars and vases are a few examples of how you could integrate our third color of our color trio into your space. Even this example of a beautiful vintage leather case warms up this space by utilizing cognac.

Step 2: Add Some Dimension – Complicate it a bit, it makes thing’s interesting!

When you think an accent or pop of color, I’m sure pinks, reds, greens and everything in between come to mind. Those retina-burning hues can be absolutely amazing when used correctly, but we want to challenge you to think something different. Instead of picking an accent color from the crayon box, find inspiration outside. What natural pops of color do you see? That, my friends, is step two. Pick an accent color from a natural setting, and you’re sure to be happy! By choosing a natural color as your accent, you eliminate the possibility of having an overblown, oversaturated color contaminating your room. Think about it this way, if it’s a naturally occurring color scheme... how can it go wrong? One of our favorites is citron or chartreuse like fresh greenery, but you could also choose the muted burgundy of a crisp Fall leaf. It can even be as simple as bringing the outdoors in by fresh cuts of foliage or florals. Here are some images we love!

Step 3: Adding one more element – Texture… “A little crunch” As I’d like to say

There is something simply gorgeous about textures that naturally occur like the slender visual of beige wheat stalks or the smooth clarity of green sea glass. So for this last step, go find a texture outside and bring it into your space. This is an extension of what was mentioned above in step 2. Fresh cuts from your garden are perfect! Keep your color scheme in mind and go searching for inspiration on a walk through the greenhouse, your backyard, or on a trail. We believe that beauty doesn’t need to be created, it needs to be highlighted... Put in the right vignette to create interest. Even the simplest of things need the right frame. By finishing off our three steps to a beautiful color scheme by adding texture and a bit of “crunch,” your space is sure to be luxe, classic, and natural.

Andrea Kacsits