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Julie Nolta

Hi, I'm Julie, Chief Executive Empress

of my little apple green design studio.

Welcome to my blog!

When I'm not out visiting a client or searching for just the right  product for a project, I can probably be found in my happy little studio (painted the perfect shade of green), busy drawing up new ideas for a cool kitchen or a "spa-licious" bathroom. I like to share the fun stuff I find along the way!


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One crazy simple way to create a color palette for your room

create a color palette

Let's face it - - we probably all have a boring or unfinished room (true confession: mine is my master bath); and one simple way to banish boredom is create a color palette and then put it to work in your space. How do you do that, you ask? EASY PEASY, I say, and you don’t even have to be a designer to pull it off.

start with artwork

When I decorate a room, I like to start with a piece of artwork and use that as a jumping off point for the rest of the room. And you can do the same thing with pretty much anything you have hanging on your wall.

There are lots of things you may like about YOUR favorite art piece: the theme or subject, the feeling it gives you when you look at it, and of course, the COLORS the artist used. And Ta Da - - there’s your color palette! It’s that simple. (And the crowd goes wild!)

move it around

Pick two or three of the colors you like best in the painting or print or whatever your inspiration is, and use them in different intensities and textures all around the room - - maybe one color for your walls and upholstered furniture, another color for your throw pillows, a rug, curtains, etc. Or use different intensities of just one color for a beautiful monochromatic look.

If you still feel a little lost, try the Color Snap app (hey, that rhymes!) from Sherwin Williams.

use art to create a color palette

Install it on your favorite electronic device, then upload a photo of anything or hover over an internet photo, click the Snap It button, and it will create a color palette for you. Again with the easy peasy!

The painting at the type of the page just happens to be hanging in my very own living room. I uploaded it to Color Snap, and here’s what I got:

create a color palette for your room

I've used green and taupe on some of my walls, gold/orange in a rug and pillows, and orange accents to bring all that color around my room.

I’ve got lots of stunning photos on my Color Inspiration Pinterest board that have used a version of Color Snap, but I like that Sherwin Williams gives you the specific name and number of the color.

Just for fun, here are a few of my favs:

create a color palette for your room

create a color palette for your room

create a color palette for your room

So pick your color palette and go to town with it. You’ll give your room a little more pizazz and you’ll love spending time there!

If you feel like you want some personal attention in the color department, please call or email me today. I’d be happy to chat with you about helping create your own color palette.

"Nothing to Dream" art print by Rodney White:


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