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Heather Scott Home & Design

For any designer, the color wheel can be used as quick reference tool in determining relationships between colors.  You were probably introduced to the color wheel back in art class and have not really thought about it since then. 

But, the color wheel remains a great point of reference for people who are uncomfortable choosing colors for their home.   Several of our team members, including Charissa Pongtaratik, studied color and textiles (and by default, the color wheel) at the University of Texas before joining our team.  For this blog, Charissa is going to share with you some key points on how to use the color wheel in design and examples of how we have done that in our projects.

Color Wheel


To begin, the color wheel is divided into 12 different hues that stem from the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.  Our design projects usually begin with a color scheme determined by what appeals to the client, an inspiration piece, and/or the desired emotional outcome. 

For your home to feel harmonious to yourself and visitors, the design should flow and be pleasing to the eye. If a room is not in harmony, it might come across as feeling either  boring or chaotic.

When your brain is bored of a visual experience, this means it is under-stimulated and will reject the memory. Conversely, your brain can be over-stimulated from the visual experience and it can make you look away from the disarray.  Heather and Scott always mention that when they go to furniture market there is so much to look at in so many colors they get ‘visually over-stimulated’ and it makes them emotionally out of sorts.  You definitely want to avoid either scenario (boring vs. chaotic) when decorating your home.

So, to help you on your way selecting color, here are the three most common ways to mix colors: using Monochromatic colors, Analogous colors, and Complementary colors.

1. Monochromatic colors

Monochromatic Colors

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Monochromatic color schemes use tone-on-tone combinations within a hue. By adding white to the hue, you are changing the tint. By adding black to the hue, you are changing the shade. If the tint and shade of a specific hue are adjusted to any degree, you have created a monochromatic scheme.

Monochromatic Colors

In the picture above, we have a monochromatic color scheme.  The room is one color, but there are subtle variations in that color. The headboard, nightstands, and drapery panels all have varying tints and shades of light beige.

2. Analogous colors

Analogous Colors


Analogous color schemes use three hues that are side-by-side on the color wheel.

Analogous Colors
In the picture above, you can see how analogous color schemes are applied.  Blue, blue-green, and green hues are used as accents throughout the bedroom to evoke a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Here, at Heather Scott Home & Design, our design mantra reads “classic, chic, and serene.” We often recommend neutral furniture pieces with accents of blues and greens as a classic color palette that will stand the test of time.

3. Complementary colors

Complementary Colors


Complementary color schemes are complex, but they can also be more flexible. These combinations use hues that are directly across from each other on the color wheel. For example: green and red, purple and yellow, and blue and orange pair well together because they are direct complements.

Two variations of the direct complement are called split complements and double complements. A split complement pertains to the two neighboring hues of the direct complements (red-orange with blue and green form a triangle). A double complement consists of neighboring hues of the direct complements on both sides (orange and red with blue and green form an X).

Split Complementary Colors

Double Complementary Colors

Before you get overwhelmed or confused, we just want you to understand you should not to be scared to introduce new colors to your home for fear of clashing. Simply refer to the color wheel to learn how the colors will interact with one another. 

Playroom after

In the picture above, the complementary colors of cognac (orange) and cobalt (blue) “complement” each other very nicely.


The picture above was designed for a contemporary women’s clothing boutique, and depicts a split complement using red-violet tones with yellow and green. Indoor plants, like this fiddle leaf tree, are a great way to introduce color, and can quickly liven up any space.

Entry After
 In the picture above, the design incorporated subtle hues of red and orange with blue and green in varying mediums. The use of double complements from accessories makes sense because none of the colors compete for your attention. Rather, the colors sit in harmony with each other to create a finished color palette.

To summarize, familiarize yourself with the color wheel if you need a quick reference to determine color relationships. Once you get more experience, don’t be afraid to try new color combinations in varying tints, shades, and tones. Color is the fun part of the design, and an inexpensive, yet impactful, way to update your home!


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It is no secret that lighting is like the jewelry of the room. Lamps not only add a functional element to a room, but they can also serve as a statement piece. Our new lamps feature a bold teal color and a gold crown top that adds just the right amount of drama. They are the perfect functional and decorative home accessory!


The lamp’s design is a playful homage to the traditional “pineapple” style lamp. The color and shape of the lamps are reminiscent of 1950’s Palm Springs, which was known for its bold and colorful style.  The lamps are 28.5” H and sell for $329.99 each.


Visit our store to see our new vignettes with our new furniture and accessories. It is a great way to gather inspiration!

Paint can be one of the least expensive and most dramatic ways to change your home’s interior.  It can also be very intimidating to select a color.  How many shades of beige do there really need to be, right?

picking paint

Well, paint is important, so you need to develop some confidence to select a great paint color. 

Why is paint important? Let me give you 3 reasons:

  1. 1. Paint is usually one of the first things people change when they buy a home, redecorate or think about putting their house on the market.
  2. 2. Paint should generally be redone about every 7-10 years. Times change and color schemes can become ‘dated’.
  3. 3. Paint is a very affordable way to dramatically update your home.

I am going to give you 6 tips to picking paint colors.  If you don’t like to read, or would rather watch, you can click here (or on the photo below) to watch my most recent appearance on Studio 512 where I provided pointers on how to pick paint.


Here are my 6 tips for picking paint colors:

1. Pick paint last in your design scheme

Develop your design scheme first and chose the paint color last.  There are so many colors to choose from!  It is much easier to match a paint to a piece of fabric than the other way around.

2. Understand the mood you want to evoke: calm or energetic

Understand your emotional goals. Color impacts your mood, so it is important to understand the psychological impact the paint choice will have on you, your family and your visitors. 

Know that brighter colors (reds, yellows, oranges) are more energetic and vibrant.  They are often used in fast food restaurants because they want everyone to eat quickly and move on!  Softer colors (pale blues, greens and creams) are often used in salons and spas, places where owners want you to feel calm and peaceful. 

Neither is right or wrong, they just have a different emotional dynamic.

3. Pick from the top of a paint swatch strip – lighter values for day to day use

Look at the ‘paint strip’ and know that the further down on the strip you go, the darker your wall color will be.  Dramatic color is fantastic, but for everyday rooms, you probably want something more subdued. 

When choosing a whole house color I almost always pick from the top of the strip for the main rooms. The color will feel darker on your walls than the strip.

To select different colors for rooms within a home, especially an open plan home, consider using different colors on the same strip for flow.  That way all the undertones are the same and the colors will blend well.

In these 3 photos, I used colors from SW (Sherwin Williams) 7028 strip, going lighter to darker in various rooms throughout the home.

SW 7029 Agreeable Gray in the master bedroom:

gray bedroom

SW 7031 Mega Greige on the great room walls and SW7030 applied with a wash effect on the ceiling panels:


SW7032 Warm Stone in the powder bath:

powder bath

Always, always test paint before you have the room painted, even if you think you like the sample.  Try to test a 4ft x 4ft area on different walls in the room.  Be sure to use enough coats to cover the paint underneath. The color might look different on different areas of the room.  Chose based on the part of the room you see/look at the most and the color you like the best when you are most likely to be home.  For example, if you are away at work all day, the color you like best at night might be the better choice than the color you see at noon, when you are not often home.

Don’t judge too quickly. Paint is a big change and will probably take some getting used to.

Color preference is often personality based. Don’t discount white and don’t be afraid of going bold in particular rooms such as guest bedrooms, powder rooms and dining rooms.

In these two dining rooms, the size, layout and style of the furnishings are all similar, but the room feeling is dramatically different simply due to the paint color.

Heather Scott Home & Design, Dining Room

Dining Room

4. Understand the finish choices

As soon as you have hired a painter, or go to purchase paint, someone is going to ask you:  “What finish do you want?”. 

This is the standard Heather Scott Home & Design approach to picking a finish:

  • Typically flat or eggshell on main walls
  • Eggshell or Satin on the walls if you have children and pets
  • Satin in wet areas like kitchens and baths
  • Semi gloss on trim and cabinets (preferably oil based on cabinets for durability)
  • Flat on ceilings

5. Don’t forget the ceiling!

Speaking of ceilings, do not forget to paint the ceiling.  In my opinion, a neutral white is the best choice, especially when your ceilings are low. For me, this makes the ceiling feel higher and the room larger.

Pale blue is also nice if it works with your color scheme.  Don’t be afraid of using a bold color on the ceiling as a design element when you want to add drama without spending much.  

6. Tried and true: where to start when picking

If you just really do not have a clue about where to start with a paint color, I suggest going with a color you know ‘works’.  How do you know it works?  It is ‘tried and true’.  You can find ‘tried and true’ colors via the Benjamin Moore ‘Historical Colors’ collection (colors that start with HC) and the Sherwin Williams ‘Essentials’ & ‘Fundamentally Neutral’ sections of their paint offerings.

To get an idea of what a particular paint looks like in a real room, do a Google image search of the paint name and you will see photos of rooms painted in that color. The more popular the paint (a good sign), the more images you will find.

If you are still stumped, check out my “Popular Paint Colors” Pinterest Board.  You can get to it by clicking here: Popular Paint Colors.

heather scott home paint pin board

I hope this post has really helped pump up your confidence when it comes to picking paint colors for your home.  If you embark on an interior painting project, be sure to share with us some of the photos of your rooms !


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Every season industry tastemakers select and predict the season’s color trends. For Spring 2015, Cobalt Blue, Blood Orange and Mint will reign supreme. This past week we happened to receive new accessories in each of these respective color hues.

cobalt blue jewlery box

Our new lacquered jewelry box not only incorporates one of the season’s “hottest” colors, but it also features the “organic luxe” trend of semiprecious stones and gems in home accessories. The cobalt blue color is rich and offers the perfect amount of punch.

The jewelry box also features an amethyst, or violet quartz in the center which is surrounded by a crystalline cluster. It is stunning from every view! The cobalt blue jewelry box is 6″H X 6″W X 6″D and sells for $249.99.

cobalt blue jewelry box with quartz

Our new ‘Hermes style’ books feature a cheerful blood orange hue. The color is bright and bold, but still sophisticated. Adding a touch of orange books to an end table or neutral bookshelf can add interest to your space. The books are sold as a set of 3 for $99.99.

Hermes decorative books, orange

Our mint console is a playful way to introduce the trending pastel color into your home. It features 4 drawers and brushed bronze hardware. It is far more coastal, than it is cutesey. Its dimensions are 59W x 17.5D x 30H and sells for $899.99.

mint 4 drawer console

Use any of these colors to tell a color story in your home. Adding accents and accessories that reflect your personal style will make your home look more collected and timeless, rather than trendy. Visit our store and see how you can incorporate one of these color trends into your home today!

We recently had a blog post featuring “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” which spoke to the importance of clearing out the clutter in your home.  Raquel is going to share with you today a recent project which revolved around clearing out the clutter to create two amazing new spaces for one fabulous client!


We just finished up a unique project for a client’s upstairs media/dressing room.  This space had such potential and we knew once all of the clutter was removed, the room would be an oasis for the family to hang out and relax.  The homeowner also envisioned a gorgeous walk in closet where she could do her laundry stress free and have all of her clothes neatly arranged. I think all of the girls reading this can relate!

Here are a few before pictures:

Before: Future ‘Media’ Room

With two kids and all that goes with that, this space had essentially become the dumping ground for a lot of unused ‘stuff’!  In addition, the low ceilings and dark beams made the space feel really cramped, more like an attic than a usable space.

tv room before

Before: Laundry/Closet

This is a tiny house the homeowner downsized to and just had not taken the time to thrift through all her, and the kids, belongings.  It was time to get organized!

laundry before
laundry before (2)

We frequently speak of the importance of an inspiration piece to get started on your room design.  We like to start with a piece of fabric or art.  Our client already had this fab vintage Elvis poster she wanted to use as the ‘jumping off point’ for the room scheme. 

inspiration piece

Based on the poster, we decided to go with a pink and teal color scheme and use fabrics with a lot of personality. With a little 60’s inspired décor we transformed this space into a hip, chic retreat!


Can you believe this is the same space?  A fresh coat of paint in a pale blue and crisp white wood details instantly brighten the room. We added in a pair of built-in book shelves flanking the windows for much-needed storage and wallpapered the backs in a fun blue and white print.  A new light fixture and lamps add brightness.

after, media room

The color palette includes teal and various shades of pink.  We added a fun rug to give character and add some additional color without making the room feel crowded.

media after, 2

And of course we found a home for the Elvis poster that was our inspiration! 

media after, inspiration piece

media after, full view

And, now for the connecting laundry/dressing room:


Heading into her new walk in closet/laundry room we still kept with her 60’s vibe but in a different way. We used softer shades of pink and added a punch of color on the back wall with the deep teal. Also, some very funky light fixtures really tie together the two rooms.

view into laundry

laundry after

With so much more storage and a lovely space to lounge I think this is the perfect dressing room. I know she will be so excited getting ready for her day in her new chic retreat. And, who would not want to do laundry in this room!

laundry after, built ins

If there are areas in your home that you want to transform and just don’t know where to start our design team is here to help!  We love a challenge and helping our clients visions come to life.   Email us at for more information or fill out the design questionnaire on our website.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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Designer names are not just for your closet anymore! We have fabulous new decorative books that feature some of the world’s top fashion names. From Chanel to Yves Saint Laurent, there are many fun designer names to choose from. Our designer book collection allows you to incorporate a punch of personality into your decor.

decorative designer books

The designer books come in a classic option or “pop art” option with brighter colors. They are sold as a set of 3 for $99.99. You can pick your favorites!

designer books, set of 3

The books below are from the “pop art” series. They feature vibrant yellows and graphic fonts. All of our books make for a great gift, even if it is just a treat for yourself!

pop art designer books

We also have books that can add a pop of color to your space. We have  bright colors like orange and magenta and more subtle colors like cool gray and mint (shown below). These books are sold as a set of 5 for $149.99.

color books, set of 5

Shop our book collection today! If you want to see more of our bound books email ( or call us (512-342-6899) to see all of the options we have available.

Many times I’m asked about ways to quickly change an old or drab space into a new and fresh feeling room.  If you’ve followed my blogs over the years you’ll have picked up on many of those solutions like pillows, lighting and accessories.  However, one way to add a refined ‘freshened’ appearance to a room (that will cost more than pillows and or lighting) is custom drapery. 

We have clients (and friends) who like to pick up drapery panels off the shelf.  While this is a way to add drapery panels, many times the full effect of these additions is lost in the details.  Like anything in design, the real payoff is in the details.  And, when we speak of details, our design operations manager Emily, is one of the best in the world.  Based on her passion for precision, I asked her to guest blog as it relates to her experiences participating in nearly all of our client installs.  Emily’s words of wisdom are as follows:

Whenever we are at an install and the draperies go up, we are in awe by how quickly they transform the room. Besides the color scheme, the window treatments are one of the first selections that are made during the design process.

Here are the top three reasons to take the leap and invest in custom drapery panels for your home.

1. You are creating a unique, one of a kind look

When creating your custom draperies, there are endless possibilities that can be suited towards your taste. From classic to contemporary, we have hundreds of fabric books and various trims that can be paired together to create your vision.

In the image below, our design team paired a simple white and black linen to create a artistically chic look. Although the color scheme is simple, the elements of this room are special and eye catching.

two tone drapery panels

In this next photo, the draperies contain three separate elements, 2 fabrics & a trim. You won’t be able to find something “ready made” with this detail!  When you are in the room, you really notice this ‘wow’ factor.

drapery with leading edge band and trim

drapery detail of trim and leading edge

Another aspect to take into account when creating custom draperies is pleat style. Options range from Cartridge (more casual) to French (more formal) which can further foster the room you have envisioned. There are many options available and choosing your style can transform your dream into a reality.

pleat styles, row 2
pleat styles, row 1


2. You have the option to create “fully functional” or “decorative only” draperies

There are two options when creating custom draperies, decorative or functional.

Below are draperies that are functional. As you can tell these are hung between 10-12” higher to make the windows & room appear larger. This gives the room a grand look & feel.

velvet drapery with leading edge

The second option is to have draperies that are decorative only and are meant to make a statement. These draperies are also hung 10-12” above the window frame to draw the eye upwards. Although these draperies do not close to cover this window, they were designed so they would not encroach on the beautiful view of the Texas Hill Country outside.  Although no one wanted to block the view, it was also recognized that drapery panels add the warmth and finishing touch that a room needs.

printed drapery panels

3. Draperies are the focal point of the room

Window treatments typically make a large style statement.  They can pull together the room with color and pattern. Light, airy fabrics can brighten up a space and bold, patterned panels can add a statement when paired with neutral furnishings.

Below are examples of draperies that have a classic hand and give the space a feeling of serenity.

printed drapery panels in master bedroom with woven wood shades

printed drapery panels in breakfast room

cotton printed drapery panels

Custom draperies are always an integral part of our design projects because they finish a room.

If you are interested in custom draperies, don’t be intimidated! Before you get started, below are four questions to consider:

1. How tall do you want your draperies to be?

2. Do you want them to be fully functional or purely decorative?

3. What type of pleat style are you interested in?

4. Do you want to upgrade the lining to something thicker or possibly block out the sun?

Feel free to reach out to us if you would like to explore custom draperies for your home.  You can stop into the store or send us an email.  We hope to help you create the perfect draperies for your home!

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Our new custom ceramic lamps are the perfect accent if you want keep your room sophisticated, stylish and simple. The timeless gray ceramic on the lamps is versatile enough to be paired with bold art and accessories or with neutral art and accessories.

custom ceramic gray lamps

The shape of the lamps are wide and tall enough to be substantial on a console. The acrylic mounting and finial add to the overall allure of the lamps. The lamps are 33 ½ inches tall with a white linen drumcloth shade that is 11 H x 17 diam. Each lamp sells for $399.99.

custom ceramic lamps side view

Every detail about these ceramic lamps is customizable. Today, there are even more options to choose from. You can select from 6 different finials and mounting finishes, 37 different forecasted fashion colors, and 9 different lamp shapes.

gray custom ceramic lamp

Visit our store or email us at to see how you can design your very own custom lamp!

If you are not a big reader, you might have missed the buzz on Marie Kondo’s book: “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up- The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing”.  This small book has been on the NY Times Best Seller list for several weeks and is creating a lot of chatter.  I suspect “Kondo” will be added as a new dictionary word for decluttering this year (as in: I ‘kondo’d’ my pantry this weekend; Kondo’d my closet, etc.).

the life changing magic of tidying up

Those who know me are frequently aggravated by the fact that I do not keep many ‘things’.  I am quick to discard, recycle or donate clothing, books, home décor, paperwork (of any kind) and anything else that makes its way into my home or office.  Family sees this as a lack of sentimentality.  Marie Kondo sees this as a requirement for a clean, uncluttered, peaceful and enjoyable home.

Read this quote from The London Times:

“[It is] enough to salute Kondo for her recognition of something quietly profound: that mess is often about unhappiness, and that the right kind of tidying can be a kind of psychotherapy for the home as well as for the people in it … Its strength is its simplicity.” – The London Times

I was in Atlanta the other week for a business conference and had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Suzanne Kasler, one of the best interior designers in the country. 

She was speaking about our job as designers and how that job is not about the ‘buying’ but the ‘editing’.  I see this all the time.  Many clients simply have too much ‘stuff’ but struggle to part with it.   They buy and buy, but what they’ve bought just is not right so they are unfulfilled.

Frequently we hear: it was expensive, it was given by a relative, I might need it someday.  But, the client doesn’t love it and it doesn’t bring them joy.  Marie Kondo tells you how to deal with this once and for all. 

She claims you just need to do a thorough tidy once and you never have to do it again.  She tells you how to move past keeping things like old electronics, power cords, warranty cards, extra makeup, lotions and travel size samples.  If it is in your home, she tells you how to categorize it, eliminate it, or store it at no expense (no need to purchase any systems or storage bins).

Kondo helps those of us emotionally attached to things for sentimental reasons or personal reasons.  She explains how to thank the item for its usefulness and then move it out of your home.  Her big take away is that you handle every item and ask yourself: “Does this bring me joy”.

Kondo is passionate and serious about her position.  I giggled at several of her statements and points of view (including how to care for your socks).  But, I agree completely with her major concepts and advice for how to store items (for example, store items vertically so you can see them, not one on top of the other). 

If your interest is piqued, I encourage to read an excerpt here or consider purchasing a copy here.  It will be $10 well spent.  I look forward to hearing what you think about the book!

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This past week we received many new home accessories. From frames to trays, we have many new items that can help freshen your home for Spring. Some of our favorites incorporate the popular “organic luxe” trend. We have three different sizes of red cedar roots in a chamois finish and sparkly geodes that will allow you to incorporate nature’s beauty into your home.


Our natural cedar root adds dimension and texture. It is the perfect conversation piece. When paired with our crystalline geodes, you truly can incorporate the “rough luxe” aesthetic into your home. The cedar root range in price from $49.99 to $199.99.

red cedar root with crystal

Geodes are round rocks that have a hollow cavity lined with crystals. Geodes derived from the Greek word geoides, which means “earth-like.” In nature, you can find them in a variety of colors. We currently have geodes in neutral tones with white and pale blue crystals. They sell for $24.99 each.

geode crystals

Incorporating geodes, agates and other natural gemstones is currently one of the most popular home accent trends. You can find home accents, art,  lamps and furnishings with embellished with “nature’s jewelry.”

Amethyst drusy on red cedar root

Visit us and purchase our earthy, luxe accessories today!

geode on jewelry box

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