Tips on creating a color scheme for your home
A fresh coat of paint is a fast and inexpensive way to make over the look of any room in your home. While there are no right and wrong paint colors, it’s important that all the rooms in your home work together to form a cohesive and consistent design. The following tips can help you create a color scheme for your home!
1. Draw inspiration around your home
- When choosing a color scheme, draw inspiration from around your home. Pick one or two colors from a large piece of furniture, favorite rug, or piece of art. Doing this ensures the colors you choose will fit in with your existing décor.
- Closets can be another source of color inspiration. The same colors you prefer to wear often mirror your choice in home décor. If you prefer muted earth tones, you’ll want to rip down brightly colored drapes in just a few months. Likewise, if wearing yellow makes you look sickly, you might want to reconsider purchasing a bright yellow sofa.
2. Tying rooms togetherWhile complementary colors throughout your home can create a cohesive design look, not every room has to have the same color scheme. A home with a large, open floor plan should have a consistent color scheme throughout the space; likewise, any rooms that you can visually see from a space, such as being able to see the dining room and kitchen from the living room, should be tied together with colors. Private spaces such as offices, bedrooms, and bathrooms, provide more opportunity to get creative with colors, design, and décor that are different from the formal spaces in the house.
3. Reference the color wheel
The same color wheel you used in art class can help you find the right colors for your home. Analogous colors – or those next to each other on the color wheel – create a more casual atmosphere and are perfect for informal or relaxing spaces such as bedrooms. Complimentary colors, or those across from each other on the color wheel – can be used to pick primary and accent colors for more formal spaces such as living and dining rooms.
4. Divide spaces by 60-30-10
The 60-30-10 rule can help you determine how much of a color to use in a room. In general, 60% of the space should be decorated using the primary or dominant color, 30% of the space should be decorated using a secondary color, with the final 10% decorated using an accent color. In most rooms, the primary color is on the walls, the secondary color is on the upholstery, and accessories such as throw pillows or art create the accent color.