I hope you guys had a fantastic weekend and a wonderful Mother’s Day!
So, have you guys seen the new William Sonoma Home catalog? I received it a couple months ago and have been meaning to blog about it but I haven’t had a chance. Let me just say that it’s absolutely amazing! I have never received a home decor catalog that every single page made my jaw drop:
There was something very unique about this particular catalog and different from any other home decor catalog that I have seen; the paint colors used for each room and the subtle pops of bold colors stood out in a huge way:
What’s interesting here is that traditionally, home design catalogs either feature home decor in either unrealistically bold and bright spaces, or all white flat backgrounds. I know what they’re thinking, if they go all white or crazy bold, the furniture and accessories will stand out. However, I think most of us would respond better (and buy more) when seeing home decor and furniture in spaces that are similar to our homes, where we can truly envision how to incorporate their pieces in our spaces:
(All of the William Sonoma images shown on this post are linked to the shopping page on the Sonoma wesbite, so all you have to do is click the image if you want more information about an item).
William Sonoma Home hit it out of the ball park by focusing on inspiring us with gorgeous rich (realistic) wall colors that are full of depth on almost every page. But.., they are also showing us how easy it is to incorporate subtle pops of bold colors into our neutral homes. By doing that, I know that I am more inspired to buy and create the whole room look using their pieces, because they are showing me in a way that is realistic, rather than showing me in an all white space, or crazy loud bold rooms. I think it’s brilliant!
Imagine if those yellow jars above were shown in an all white space. I think it would be difficult for many of us to envision how that bright yellow could work in our homes:
Ok, so before I share this week’s palette, let me also say that the other interesting thing that William Sonoma did is that they used an anchor neutral color palette throughout the whole catalog. Sound familiar? Yep, we (try) and do that in our own home. If you’re unsure of how (and why) to choose an anchor palette of colors for your home, this catalog is such a great example of how to do it and why it works. It also makes adding pops of color so much easier to do by simply switching out one color.
So for this week’s color palette (#6), I tried to come as close as I possibly could to recreating a very similar neutral color palette that William Sonoma Home used throughout their catalog. Keep in mind, these are not the exact paint colors used by William Sonoma (although if WSH happens to see this and wants to share with us exact colors, we would love to know).
Here is the printable color palette:
(As a reminder, each color palette that I share is printable. It makes a huge difference to look at paint colors that have been printed out on paper, versus your computer monitor. It helps even more if you print out the palettes on smooth white card stock. My palettes should not be used to replace a paint color card, so if you see a color you like, please refer to a paint color card).
Here is the link to the file to print this week’s palette: Printable Color Palette Monday #6
Because William Sonoma used an anchor palette of transitional colors with a nice mix of warm and cool tones, they are able to incorporate both warm and cool undertones in their finishes, fabrics and accessories and transition pops of bold:
So here is the same anchor palette but I just switched out one color and added the pop of aqua blue:
Here is another example using this rich dark gray wall color mixed with pops of yellow:
Just by switching out one color in the anchor palette, this pop of yellow works beautifully:
Although this space would be in a different style home, they still stuck with a similar color palette of transitional neutrals:
Look at how that little pop of bold blue works beautifully with the neutrals in the palette:
If you are wondering how you can incorporate pops of color into your neutral home, William Sonoma Home is a great place to look through for inspiration and ideas. They really nailed it! I really think it makes all of the difference when we can see how it can be done in a subtle and relatable way. It can work beautifully in our neutral homes to add brightly colored accessories, paint an accent wall in a bold color, or add a fun colored chair.
By the way, I am obsessed with William Sonoma Home pillows and beach chic accessories! These are perfect accents for my office revamp! I did a collage with my fabric and paint colors mixed with some of their accessories and I think I have to have them! What do you guys think?
Thanks guys for hanging out with me today and I would love to hear what bold color you might be tempted into incorporating. I love the bold blues but that gorgeous yellow is very tempting! I am going to see if I can contact William Sonoma to see if they will tell me the exact colors used.
If this is your first time visiting Color Palette Monday, you can go back and see the previous featured palettes by clicking the here.
Have a great week friends!
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
Love the pops of yellow, so cheery and looks like sunshine. Hugs, Marty
Thanks for stopping by Marty! I love that yellow too! Would have never considered it.
To me this is a much more realistic approach to decorating. And a tremendous help for those of us who live in rentals! The walls, floors, and other things are the same neutral shades throughout and we are not allowed to change them. We just add color where we can with accessories. Thanks so much for these ideas. 🙂
loved this post all of them are great I send them along to my daughter in law as well—I’ve been collecting blue and white pottery just like this for years from estate and garage sales–makes me happy to see them displayed like I do in such a prestigious catalog! (sometimes I know what I’m doing and sometimes not so much haha)
Thank you Ann for sharing with your daughter! Yes, I too collect blue and white and have big ginger jars and vases and I was thrilled to see it used! I have a feeling you know what you’re doing! Thanks again!!
What beautiful rooms and colors, Cyndy! I love the grays you’ve shared. Rob just painted a bedroom Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams this weekend and I love it. I couldn’t believe the wonderful quality of their paints. Thanks for all the suggestions you have made in your posts it really encouraged us to go and try out their paints.
Oh I love Repose Gray! That’s one of the best grays out there!! I bet it’s beautiful Megan and I can’t wait to see pictures! Are you going to post them? By the way, I love watching your kitchen transformation and look forward to seeing what you guys are gonna do next! Big hugs!
Laura S says
I agree…they have made it to where we can envision the colors in our homes. In beauty & clothes catalogues, not everyone is a size 3 either! Glad that the editors are keeping it real these days. Thanks for always keeping us up to date on the current color pallets. Love it!
Thank you Laura! I’m not sure why catalogs (fashion, home decor, etc..) haven’t figured out that they would do much better spending their time trying to figure out how they can appeal to a wider/majority audience. So many times the art directors and brands are completely out of touch (and design magazines too). 90% of the home decor catalogs (and mags) that I receive go straight to the trash. I think this is why DIY/design bloggers are so popular because these are real people in real homes with doable solutions that is relatable (and doable!).
Thanks again Laura for stopping by!
Cyndy, once again you’ve translated into practical uses what wouldbe to most just a pretty picture in a catalog! And, you give us enthusiasm in doing so!
Thanks again for your inspiration!
Aw thank you my sweet Robbie! Your encouraging notes just always make me smile. Thank you so much and coming from you (my design idol), I am especially thrilled. Thank you so much dear friend for your perfectly timed notes of encouragement. Love you!
Nicole Stockman says
I really love all of these great decorating ideas! I am drawn to “choosing a palette through fabric”. Where did you find that fantastic Ikat pattern fabric (cream, gray, navy)?
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After an intensive web search, I found it!
Thought I would help out anyone else who was interested 🙂
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I loved this post. All the colors are my favs. I love yellow and the bright SW yellow is very nice. Do you like it better than the Velvet Finishes gorgeous bright yellow? The SW is a little more mustard (with some brown in it) I believe. I like them both really well. Thanks for all the great info.