I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been in a store and wondered if a curtain/rug/lamp/accessory would play nicely in my home, bought said item, brought it home and realized that it clashed with the wall color/rug color/whatever and then had to sadly return said item. No more!
I decided to put all of my home colors into one photo wallet so that when I’m out shopping I have my house colors with me in one place. What? It all started with a $5 wallet from Target – the ones that have only picture sleeves and are made for either pictures or to hold your massive collection of credit/store loyalty cards.
So I gathered my supplies:
- Label maker and clear labels
- 2” hole punch (1.5” is shown here but I went bigger)
- paint chips of the colors used in my house
- photo wallet
I simply cut out the paint colors used in each room – the circle paper cutter was used for the larger paint sample chips - for the smaller (old) Glidden colors, I just cut my color out of the strip. I made sure to write the color name and number code on the back in case I ever need to get more paint at a later date.
Then I placed each room’s colors into one of the sleeves. I made labels using my label maker and the clear labels so that each sleeve would be clearly marked for one of my rooms: Living, Dining, Kitchen, Bath, Master, Guest, Office, Basement and Exterior. Then I just filled the sleeves with my wall colors, accent colors, rug color (living room), small pieces of fabric, etc. I even used an old piece of my house’s vinyl siding in the external sleeve.
The small wallet now resides in my purse so when I’m shopping, I just have to whip it out and see what colors are in my home so that I don’t waste my time and money buying something that won’t work in my house.