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Shaker Color Scheme




   When creating a Shaker color scheme, you could use almost any color. Each Shaker community used different colors in their homes, and often those colors were brighter than we would imagine. From vibrant magentas to rich blues, the Shakers were not color shy. They just used color sparingly.
    For this Shaker inspired color scheme, I chose to use the Centre Family Dwelling at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. The colors of the home, which is pictured to the right, captured the simple, plain characteristic of the Shakers while hinting at a modern feel. Capturing a small sense of modern is important because some believe the Shaker style was a predecessor to modern design.
    In the Shaker color scheme, the gray, black and white provide an industrial feel that is softened and turned almost earthy by the blue green. The light blue teal of the sky adds a punch of color that hints at the Shaker’s tendency towards brighter colors while adding a modern flavor to the color scheme.
    The Shaker color scheme could be used in any style. The lack of a warm color gives the color scheme a clean, refreshing feel. The gray, blue green and light blue teal should be used as the major colors in the room. The light blue teal will add pops of color and help to brighten the otherwise dark room. The black and white will look good as accents or as smaller pieces of furniture. To give the room a bit of warmth, add wood tones.


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