Early in my design career, a client presented me with a challenge for re-designing her living room.

She wanted a new look, with lots of COLOR!

Per her instructions, she wanted to keep two existing chairs , one red and one blue, and replace most of the remaining furnishings, including the sofa.

(In design parlance, that’s what we refer to as the scope of the Project).

Did you catch the part about the chairs – one red, the other blue?

The real challenge here, was to connect these seemingly disparate pieces into a harmonious color scheme.

Well, I love a challenge, and every project has one.

It’s what usually gets the creative juices flowing.

It is also where the ‘Color Party’ comes in.

Let me explain.

Every design project needs a color scheme, and in order to achieve this, one needs to consider which colors to ‘invite’ to the ‘party’.

It’s the same idea as coming up with a guest list, and subsequently weeding out the ‘guests’ that don’t quite fit in.

If you think of any party you’ve ever given, wasn’t this the typical starting point?

After all, you don’t want to invite guests who don’t get along, do you?

A color party is no different.

The best part, however, is that you can dispense with food and entertainment.

A theme can be a good idea, if you’ve narrowed down your choices to warm, or cool colors, or a certain mood that you’re trying to achieve.

For example, if your goal is to create a tranquil, calm retreat, red might not be a welcome guest.

You get the idea.

Be forewarned that certain guests might arrive with an attitude, and may not get along with others no matter how clear your intention.

Should you seat Peacock Blue next to Orange?

What about Grey?

The former might be a bit jarring, the latter may not be exciting enough.

Next week, I’ll share with you some specific “Rules” for your party, to ensure a successful outcome.