Hey, That Room Looks Great on You!

Color expert Jill Kirsh is on the forefront of the latest trend to decorate rooms in colors that flatter the owners.

Swatch photo courtesy of Jill Kirsh Color This is probably the coolest palette of all from a color stand point. Note the tranquil sky blue and pewter, complemented by accents of silver.

Have you ever found a color sample you absolutely love, bought the paint, covered the walls with it … and felt uncomfortable in the room? For some reason, it just seemed wrong. Don’t worry – you’re not losing your touch or taste. You just may have selected a shade that’s not in your own personal color palette.

Jill Kirsh, known as Hollywood’s “Guru of Hue,” has always been called upon to help stars pick flattering outfits for red carpet events and public appearances, but now her clients are clamoring for help with personalized home design and decoration.

Kirsh has consulted with thousands of women and men around the world and was named the “Best Color Consultant” in Los Angeles Magazine’s Best of LA Issue. She’s been featured in InStyle, The Los Angeles Times and Woman's World, along with many other publications, and has appeared on numerous TV shows including ABC7 News, LXTV and Smart Solutions (HGTV). For years she’s been advising people from all walks of life on which colors help them look best on the street, and now she’s helping them chose colors that look best at home. It really seems to make a difference.

Photos courtesy of Jill Kirsh Color People with hair in these colors look best in rooms in shades such as wine, dusty rose, taupe, lavender, mint and French blue, popped up with silver.    

One powerful TV producer, for example, told Kirsh she hated to cook and avoided her kitchen at all costs, until Kirsh advised her to paint it in a complementary shade of green. Now the producer's family enjoys home cooked meals most every night of the week, and her home entertaining has noticeably increased. “I just love being in the kitchen now,” she told Kirsh. “I feel so happy here, and I really believe it’s because the new color is so much better for me.”

If you’ve immediately started considering whether your home decor matches your Fall, Winter, Summer or Spring wardrobe, stop right there. “The seasons color system is so last century,” says Kirsh. She’s created a color system that is determined by the color of your hair, which, when you think about it, makes sense and is a lot less arbitrary. If you’ve ever dyed your hair, you’ve probably noticed how your clothes suddenly look different on you.

Kirsh has devised four different categories that cover the most common hair colors. She says that almost everyone can wear almost every color, they just have to select the right shade of that color. There’s a big difference in the wearing of gold and silver as well.

Here are the categories:

Ash Blonde, Platinum and Gray: This is the coolest category of all, from a color standpoint. Shades such as wine, dusty rose, taupe, lavender, mint and French blue, popped up with silver, are always right on or around them.

Golden Browns and Redheads: They definitely look best in a warm color palette, which includes rust, avocado, teal, eggplant and orange-red.  Accessories should be warm too – gold rather than silver.

Warm Blondes: Bright colors as well as pastels work for people with hair in this category, but they need to be in the warmer tones – poppy, turquoise, kelly, salmon and violet.  Gold is the best color for their accessories.

Deep Brunettes: People in this category look great in the brightest, most vivid colors of all, such as fuchsia, cobalt, royal purple and emerald, but also look amazing in black and white. Accessories are best in silver.

Kirsh’s clients have noted positive difference in the way they feel in their rooms when they’re painted in flattering colors, from the home office to the boudoir.  She cites the example of a red headed client whose love life improved after changing the colors in her master bedroom from dove greys and lavenders to more “edible” colors like peach, butterscotch and caramel.

“It’s all about confidence,” says Kirsh, noting that people just naturally feel better in an environment they know complements them, rather than detracts from them. “When you know you look good, you feel good,” she says.

Kirsh explains that all the colors in your particular palette match, so decorating your home in them adds to the cohesiveness and consistency of a dwelling. “Coordinated rooms can flow into each other seamlessly, rather than clashing,” she says, adding that if you know your own color palette, you’ll sense what accessories will work before you even get them home.

Currently, Kirsh sells makeup, scarves and the all important swatch books in the various color palettes, but she has yet to market a line of paints. She says it's just as easy for her clients to take their swatch books with them when they’re shopping for paint, furniture and floor coverings, as it is when they’re shopping for clothing.

“You’d be surprised at the difference it makes, whether you live in a 700-square-foot apartment, or a 20,000-square-foot mansion,” she says.

There are a few decorating complications that knowing your own personal color palette can’t solve, however. For example, what if your spouse or roommate has different colored hair, or, even trickier, what if he’s bald?

No system is foolproof, but if you’d like to know more about Kirsh’s system, visit JillKirshColor.com.

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