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January 27, 2012 > Real Rooms For Real People: Your clothes reveal favorite colors

Real Rooms For Real People: Your clothes reveal favorite colors

If you're having trouble selecting colors for your home, take a look in your clothes closet for inspiration. Have you heard that before? It used to puzzle me when I heard people say it. After all, I like to wear black slacks with tops in bright colors like red, coral and lime green, but I wouldn't pick those colors for my home. Or would I? Your clothing does say a lot about the styles and colors you prefer, and can provide inspiration when selecting colors for your home.

Analyze the clothes in your closet. Do you have a lot of solid color clothing or patterned clothing? Are your clothes bright colors or are they more muted earth tones? Is your closet full of trendy clothes or classic clothes? Is your clothing style simple and comfortable or dressy and formal? What color dominates your wardrobe? In my case, my dominant color is black. I have several pairs of black slacks, black jackets and tops. So it is no surprise that I chose a black leather sofa for my family room, and black granite countertops in my kitchen. If you like to wear black, consider bringing some black into your decor. Give a table a new look with a coat of black paint. Replace dated cabinet hardware with black iron knobs. Consider a black leather chair, ottoman, or bench. Almost any color you pair with black will look good. Taupe, cream or tan with beige gives a sophisticated look; red, yellow or lime green with black gives a more high-contrast, dynamic look.

If you love to wear all of the latest fashions, you probably would enjoy trendy colors in home decor too. Follow the trends, and change your colors with the seasons by changing out accessories such as bedding, accent pillows, dishware, and table linens. You may also enjoy bright colors on your walls. Small areas are great for experimenting with fun colors like cantaloupe and berry. How about painting the powder room or an accent wall in your kitchen?

If your clothing style is more classic and tailored, you probably enjoy more traditional decor as well. Try dark woods, paired with rich colors like burgundy, gold and navy for an elegant look. Or perhaps you prefer the streamlined contemporary look. Try cool neutrals like taupe and silvery gray, paired with icy blue and aqua for a sophisticated look.

If you love patterned clothing, bring patterns into your home. Try a floral print for the sofa, a stripe for the chair and a geometric print on the draperies. If you prefer solids, add interest by incorporating textures like a chenille sofa, a sisal area rug, or woven wood blinds. You may also like subtle tone-on-tone geometric or striped fabrics or patterned carpeting. Both of these bring interest and pattern into your room without appearing too busy.

If you're unsure about how to decorate your home, a trip to your clothes closet may reveal some answers.

Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local interior designer. Send your design questions to her at Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit

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