It’s fun to find color inspiration for your home in unexpected places. In previous posts, we’ve talked about getting inspiration for a room from a favorite outfit, movie, or vacation spot. We’ve also talked about how to organize inspiration images from magazines, but how about gathering inspiration from the magazine covers themselves? When an editor chooses a magazine cover, it’s important that it jumps out on the stands and tells a story for the reader before they even turn a page. Basically, it’s the cover that sells the magazine. Have you ever noticed that each cover has its own color story? We can draw from these for color inspiration in our own homes. To drive home the idea, I’ve taken a few magazine covers, dissected their color pallets, and gathered photos of rooms that have a similar color scheme.
Funny girl Tina Fey graces the cover of InStyle magazine this month accompanied by an ensemble of bright colors. Throw these colors in a room and you’ve got a pleasantly chic combination of bright and bold:
This month’s issue of Real Simple consists of clean, subtle, Spring colors. Using these in a space would create a calming atmosphere — something like this:
This next cover inspiration from Vogue magazine is a little more on the eclectic side but when translated in a room, it can result in a fun space with a color combination that wouldn’t otherwise be considered:
Here’s an example using one of the covers of Billboard. I find the color combo used on this cover and in the room to be very soothing, warm, and sophisticated.
The Nest always brings a big color punch with every issue. This particular cover has bright shades of blue and orange that can obviously translate well in home decor — and happens to feature the faces of the ultimate shelter bloggers, and fellow Richmonders, John + Sherry (and you can’t forget Burger) of Young House Love. If you haven’t checked out their blog before… where have you been? Seriously. Where?!
This one is my personal favorite interpretation of using a magazine cover (in this case Elle) as color inspiration and another great example of an unexpected color combo. I wouldn’t ordinarily put these colors together in a room, but they totally work — and without being too feminine:
Do you find color inspiration in unexpected places? We’d love to hear your color stories…