Choosing Colors for Your Home

I taught a class a few years ago on Choosing Colors for Your Home. I love color and using it in my home as a way to express a feeling and show my own personal style. Here is a little outline of the class I taught. Hopefully it will help you in choosing colors for your home.

The best tips on Choosing Colors for Your Home

Look in your closet – What’s the color you see the most? Why does that color appeal to you? How do you feel in that color? Decorate your rooms in colors you look and feel great in.

Choosing Colors for Your Home clothing

Choose a color scheme from a pattern you love – such as fabric, a pillow, a dish or a rug. Take your favorite colors from the pattern and use them in your space. Look for the white, beige or gray in the pattern for your neutral color.

Choosing Colors for Your Home pattern

Look at paint chip samples – against your fabric in different light and at different times of the day. Narrow down the colors by comparing them to one another, to another color you want to use or by checking the undertones.

Choosing Colors for Your Home paint chip samples

Start with the formal areas of the house – Choose a color scheme for those areas then take a color or 2 and bring them into the next room as an accent color. Your home will flow and feel more cohesive from room to room.

Choosing Colors for Your Home formal areas

Use the color wheel – Monochromatic – different tones of the same color. Analogous – color adjacent to each other on the wheel. Complementary – color opposite each other on the wheel. Triadic – 3 colors equally spaced around the wheel. What color pattern appeals to you?

Choosing Colors for Your Home color wheel

Put something black (or white) in every room – It clarifies the rest of the colors in the room and gives your eyes a place to rest. Use a chair, vases, lamp, frames or candlesticks to achieve this look.

Choosing Colors for Your Home black or white

Use the rule of 60-30-10 – 60% dominant color on the walls, 30% secondary color on the upholstery, 10% accent color on pillows, vases, throws. By following this rule it makes it easy to follow color trends by changing your accent pieces if you like.

Choosing Colors for Your Home 60 30 10 rule

Go with the architecture – If you have a small room paint it a warm color to make it feel cozy and inviting. Let your big room go light and expand the space. Bring out architectural details with paint.

Choosing Colors for Your Home architecture

Follow your personal style – What appeals to you? What do you want your room to say? If you love a color use it in your space. Decorate honestly and people will feel and appreciate it. Your home should reflect your family’s personality and interests.

Choosing Colors for Your Home

Feel comfortable, but don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous every once in a while. Use a new color on something small and see how it makes you feel. When it comes right down to it, it’s your home and you need to decorate for you and the people who live there. So have fun and enjoy your space!

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  • Emily June 14, 2012, 9:09 am

    LOVE all these tips! We are closing on our new home tomorrow so I will have to save this for later when I start decorating.

  • Gina June 14, 2012, 1:57 pm

    My previous home was done in the Tuscany style and colors. Olive greens, burnt Orange and mustard yellow. Now dh and I want to incorporate more blues…teals and such. How can we do that and still use the the colors I have? Love color but I’m not the best at adding outside the box so to speak. Thanks!

  • K Kuchiya July 29, 2019, 2:43 am

    Hey Leanne, I had no idea about the 60-30-10 rule! I’m definitely going to implement it as you’ve described it in my upcoming home renovations. Thanks.

  • Zoe Campos April 26, 2021, 9:35 am

    It’s interesting to know that using warm colors in a small room can make it look cozy and inviting. My daughter had been asking us to re-paint her room for a change and I said we’ll do it this summer. It might be a good idea to drop by nearby stores and see what shade of paint would look best, given the available area.

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