How to Choose a Color Scheme For Your Home, Your Closet or Both!
Lately I’ve gotten a few comments about how and why everything in our “life” matches. Some of the comments are nice and some are not so nice, sort of implying that because everything in my home matches a certain color scheme that my photos are more fake (which is not true, of course!). At first I was surprised people cared at all. But after I got a few similar comments, I realized this is actually a GREAT topic for a blog post.
I LOVE having a color scheme for my home, my clothing and Nova’s clothing. I don’t think of it as something I have to strictly enforce, I just think of it as being true to what I like. I’m not afraid for it to change over time and I’m not afraid to buy something I truly love that doesn’t match. Overall, I think it gives my home and our clothing a more cohesive look that is easy to mix and match, which I love!
Today, I thought it would be fun to share some photos of my clothing (mine and Nova’s, I don’t choose my husbands clothing at all) and also our home and talk about the colors I am drawn to and how it feels to live in a house that matches. Haha.
Alright, let’s start with the house!
I definitely know what I like when it comes to my house. Over the past five years, I feel like I’ve been able to hone my style more and more and create a collected, textured home full of things I truly love.
In this collage, there’s a lot of pink, but in real life I would say our home feels a little more on the neutral side. Although I do love a pink accent and some of you sent me death threats when I talked about possibly changing our front door color away from pink. Haha.
I love white. Nearly every wall in our home is light with light floors. I love gold and lots of texture, including blankets, white ceramics, vintage brass things and lots of wicker.
I love an occasional pop of rainbow (Wait! How did I make this whole collage without showing the rainbow glassware? Haha.). The bookshelves are one of the biggest, more time consuming projects I have ever taken on. I love them SO much.
And above all else, our home is kid-friendly. There is no such thing as a chair or coffee table our kids aren’t allowed to use crayons on or eat a popsicle. I do think our home is beautiful, but there is nothing too precious in it for our kiddos to be normal kiddos around. I don’t believe in buying things that are going to be stressful to live with. Sometimes that changes the way you make purchases; for me, it’s mainly just a mindset. I told myself I wasn’t going to stress about spills and messes and poop and red icing … and I’m not. It’s just a choice I made and I feel very free because of it.
Having a matching closet is more of a new thing to me. It started to happen naturally when I read The Curated Closet and started to do capsule wardrobes, which I did for two years. In the past, my shopping habits were more like close my eyes and point—haha. I would order a TON of stuff online and then return half, or more. But over the years, I realized I wasn’t wearing enough of my closet and the things I felt really really confident wearing were few and far between. So I spent a few years focusing on curating a closet I am really happy with.
I do incorporate some of my favorite colors from my home into my wardrobe, since they’re my favorite colors. But it’s also different because I feel really good in red and I really don’t love pale pink on myself.
I know some people think that how much Nova’s clothing matches mine and my style is excessive, but I don’t see why. To me it’s a natural extension of my style. She’s not yet old enough to be interested in shopping and I’m really enjoying choosing her clothing, as well as Marigold’s, while they are little.
It took me years to collect a home and closet that I feel really reflects my style. I do think it’s much more a matter of being selective than it is of having a large budget. I buy a lot of vintage, even more secondhand, and plenty of things from Target just like everyone else. So please don’t think I threw out all my things one day and went out and bought all matching things. It was a long-term project that was fun for me.
I can see now that this could be done on any budget—even in my early 20s when I survived on the smallest paychecks and mainly bought things only from thrift shops and Walmart. It’s more a matter of being a patient shopper and very picky than anything else.
So what do you think? Do you like the idea of all your things matching or do you feel it would be too limiting? I’m excited to hear your passionate opinions! xx. Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.