Your Home’s Palette is More About Personality than Psychology
The meaning behind different colors and how they affect mood and behavior is an often debated topic, particularly when it comes to decorating a home. Baylor Anne Bone and Gail C. Hancock, the award-winning design duo behind Baylor Bone Interiors, believe color choice should be based on your personality and lifestyle, not the psychology behind a particular palette.
And they should know, having designed hundreds of homes across the United States over the last 30 years.
“Different colors truly mean different things to different people. For example, gray is supposed to be a cool and relaxing color, but for some people it’s depressing,” Bone says. “It depends on the person and their background, where they came from, their experiences, what they love and want to be around.”
Hancock feels the same. “Everyone that walks in our door has a different story and perspective. That’s why we start by listening; trying to get the whole picture of your lifestyle, family and needs before we talk design.”
To determine what colors to use for a design project, the duo says it’s often based on whether you’re starting from a clean slate or whether you have things you need to work around. But at the heart of it, the color you choose should be something that makes you feel good.
“One of my classic questions,” Bone says, “is if you could wake up to one color every morning in your room, what would that color be?”
“We also look at what colors a person loves to wear because generally whatever color you feel good in, is something you’ll feel comfortable with in your home,” Hancock says.
But can you have too much color? The duo says not necessarily, however, there are things you need to take into consideration.
“A lot of floor plans now are so open,” Hancock says. “You have to make sure when you’re standing in one room and seeing three others that the colors flow together, so it doesn’t seem disjointed. You don’t have to stick to one color for the walls, but they all need to work together.”
“People used to think you pick three colors and take them through the whole house—we don’t do that,” Bone adds.
“And you don’t have to do that, although your painter may want you to.”
As to why builders often use a neutral palette throughout, “Sometimes neutral colors are chosen simply to not make a mistake in color choice. Because with these universal colors the thought is that no one will hate it,” Bone says. “But then again, that’s why most people absolutely love the model houses—they don’t take just three colors. And that’s why they’re interesting.”
When it comes to trends, Baylor Bone Interiors stays on the cutting edge “Grassy greenery is the color you’ll hear about for the next 12 months; it’s a green with a yellow tinge. Gray is starting to go out, with the trend going to more of a taupe color. Also, gold is coming back, particularly for bathroom fixtures.”
However, the duo says trends are not for everybody.
“It’s not always easy to just pop one of these colors into your house as is,” Hancock says.
When it’s all said and done, Bone and Hancock believe the most important thing is to do what you think is beautiful.
“It’s not about us or the trend; it’s about making it work for you,” Hancock says.
“We give advice, we’ll do as little or as much as you want, giving the biggest impact for your budget, but it’s your home, and we want you to love it,” Bone adds.
And with the style and colors that best fit you and your family, love it you will.