When it comes to decorating your home, one of the first and fundamental questions you’ll need to ask yourself is “what colors am I going to use?”
Your color palette will, to a large degree, determine the feel and style of your home, so it’s important that you choose colors that feel true to who you are and the kind of space you’re trying to create.
But how do you choose the right color palette for your home design?
Already Have Furniture?
If you already have existing furniture you want to continue displaying in your home, you’ll want to build your color scheme around the furniture to create a sense of consistency throughout the space.
If you have a piece of furniture or decor that’s patterned, choose a few colors from the pattern that speak to you and build your color palette around those colors. If all of your furniture is a solid color, choose colors that naturally complement the primary color displayed in your furniture. So, for example, if you had a light purple couch you plan to showcase in your living room, you’d want to choose a color palette that complimented purple, like pale blue or green.
Starting From Scratch?
If you’re starting from scratch and plan to decorate and furnish your home based on the color palette you choose, you have a lot more flexibility in the colors you choose. What colors speak to you? Do you find warm, dark tones feel inviting or are you more of a bright, vibrant color type of person? Do muted colors feel calming in the bedroom, or would you rather incorporate jewel tones?
Choose whichever types of colors feel truest to your design style. Then, once you choose your palette, you can furnish and decorate your home accordingly.
How Many Colors Should I Have In My Palette?
When it comes to how many colors you should have in your palette, it really depends. Some people find that incorporating numerous colors, shades, and tones feels true to their style, which others find more than two colors to be overwhelming.
A general rule of thumb is to choose one primary color and then choose one to three additional complimentary colors to act as accents. Once you try to incorporate more than 4 colors, it can be hard to maintain balance.
What Kinds Of Color Palettes Will Work In My Home?
When it comes to choosing the color palette for your home, there are endless color combinations available to you. Here are some examples.
Choose Numerous Shades Of The Same Color
One chic option is to keep your color palette to one color and then incorporate numerous shades of that color throughout the home. So, for example, let’s say you chose blue to be your focal color. You could paint the walls of the living room navy, have a pale blue couch and incorporate sky or cerulean blue accessories throughout the room.
This option gives a casual, laid-back feel to the space. If one color feels too limiting, try choosing two colors close to each other on the color wheel, like green and blue, for a similar effect.
Mix Neutrals With A Pop Of Color
Another fantastic color option is to decorate your home in a neutral color palette – like beiges, whites, grays, or browns – and then add one or two bright shades to add a pop of color. The contrast between the neutrals and the brights makes the brighter shades pop even more and adds a fun element to an otherwise subdued color palette.
Some great color combinations to consider are grays mixed with a bright orange or beiges with a pop of teal.
Pale colors can add a calming effect to a space and are particularly effective in living and bedroom areas. If you want your color palette to induce feelings of calm and relaxation, try going with muted hues, like pale blue, pale green, or even pale purple, to add a serene feeling to your home.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you’re looking to make a bold statement with your color palette, you might want to consider going with brights. Bright colors can make a space feel vibrant and lively.
However, you want to be careful not to allow your bright color palette to veer into cartoonish territory. Stick to one or two brights; more than that will feel overwhelming.
Whatever color palette you choose, make sure you incorporate it throughout the space. While you don’t need to have a single color palette for your entire home (you can obviously choose different color palettes for different rooms), you do want to make sure that each color palette works together to create a cohesive color experience throughout your space.