Want a home with spaces that flow? Want your decor to feel more cohesive? Then you need a home color scheme! Selecting a color palette for your whole home will create a more harmonious flow between the rooms with decor that feels coordinated. This is the best decorating solution for a chaotic feeling space that incorporates multiple styles, mismatched furnishings, or an overload of color.
To start, pick 4-6 colors that you will use throughout your entire home in the decor and furnishings and on the walls (if you can paint). Choose 1 or 2 saturated colors, 1 subdued version of these colors, 1 or 2 neutrals, and a white. If you love color, it can be hard to limit your self but remember your ultimate goal – a home with flowing spaces and cohesive decor!
As you choose your palette, consider color theory and how you want your space to feel. Calm and spa-like? Try a monochromatic or analogous color scheme in cool colors. Bold and modern? Experiment with complementary or monochromatic palettes. Romantic and vintage? Opt for a triad scheme with warm accents. Also consider different inspirations such as a designer whose work you admire, a specific fabric, or work of art. Be sure you pick colors you love and that coordinate with elements in your home you cannot easily change like carpet or kitchen countertops.
Need help selecting your colors? Try a home color scheme worksheet!
Once you narrow your colors and have a general palette worked out, head to your local paint center even if you can’t or don’t want to paint. Start pulling the colors that you’ve decided on using for your home color scheme and simply play with them. Make different combinations. Try going up or down a shade. Take the paint chips home and look at them with your current decor and furnishings. This will help you decide on specific colors to use for your saturated and harmonious colors as well as your neutral(s) and white.
Now for the really fun part – implementing your home color scheme! It can feel a bit daunting at first, but try these 5 tips to achieve your color dreams:
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