One question that I get A LOT is “How do I pick colors for my home!” This decision is usually associated with a lot of knuckle biting and fear! But let’s save those knuckles and take some fear out of it. There are a few ways that you can easily narrow down the colors that you will enjoy in your home, and I am here to share them with you!
How to Choose a Color Scheme for Your Home
First: Go to your closet! HUH? Yeah, the closet where all your clothes are hanging out. Take a good look at what you have there. (yeah, I know, don’t we all wish our closet looked like this:)
Now ask yourself-
- What are the colors I gravitate toward?
- What are the colors I love to be in?
- Are they there because they make me happy.
- Why do I always seem to be buying ______ colored shirts?
What ever it is take a clue from here. If you love the color, why not use it in your home?!
Second: Now that you know what color groups you tend to like, lets take a trip to the fabric store… Yeah, not the paint store, not yet, let’s go to the fabric store. One of the best color choosing advice I have ever heard…find a piece of fabric THAT YOU LOVE preferably one with several colors that work together well, and use this as your color scheme.
P.S. BE SURE TO BUY A FEW YARDS! This fabric that is the whole foundation of your home, buy some and use it throughout, as pillows, as art, dinner napkins, a teddy bear… whatever!
One of the pluses to choosing your color this way, is that you can see very clearly how the colors interact. And bonus- if the fabric is in a line you can buy coordinating fabrics for your home very easily!
As a warning, be aware of choosing really seasonal colors! Sometimes while shopping for colors you will get caught up in a particular season. For example, if it is almost fall and you are loving fall colors. Be aware, that if you do all fallish colors in your home you may be sick of them in the spring!… unless you followed step numero uno and that is where it led you!
***I should mention here that it doesn’t have to be fabric. It could be a special painting, a photograph, a rug, whatever speaks to you! Like this new rug I have in my living room!
Third: One of the best tips I learned in college for getting a house color scheme to work together is picking about 5 colors total for the home. So, lets count it out on our fingers… yes I still watch Sesame Street!
- A white (or black…if you are daring) This white will be the color of ALL your, well white surfaces be it moldings, doors ceilings etc. The nice part about this is that when you need to touch something up there will never be the… ugh, what color was that… moments.
- A neutral – be it tan, grey or even a blue. Whatever color it is, it must be able to act as your neutral. This color should be a simple color that will be the neutral in your home it is an easy way to bring everything together and a simple choice when you are not sure… for example a hall, or a ceiling. This neutral might be the best color for your sofa too… (if you are doing a tan, one personal suggestion, unless you plan on adding a lot of yellow-which is fine but not everyone’s thing, stick to a grey based tan and you will be happier, otherwise your neutral just might end up being more of a color than a, well, neutral!)
- Color of your choice (use your swatch as a guide for theses three choices)
- Another coordinating color of your choice
- Yet another coordinating color of your choice’
Now the five finger thing might sound too boring, but in the words of Maria, “It is a very good place to start” If you are unsure of color this is the way to make it work. And then as you become more comfortable, add a little more.
Fourth : Now, use these colors to pull the look together! From step one, you know what colors you love, from step two you have found the colors that work perfectly together, and finally step three you have narrowed down your major colors. NOW THE FUN BEGINS!
Go collect as many paint chips as you can! Take them to your home, look at them with your fabric, at different times of day in different lights and rooms. Narrow down the paint colors you love.
Fifth and Final:
Where do I put these colors? Another SCARY question! If you want your home to flow naturally from room to room, this is where all the steps we’ve taken will make this process a lot easier. Let me explain by taking you virtually through a few rooms:
Ding Dong!(that is the doorbell in case you are wondering, I wasn’t calling you names!) Welcome to my home! When you enter the foyer, you will notice I have white trim and moldings… neutral walls and sea salt ceiling, There is also a fun display of bright red framed art.
I invite you to come in and you walk from the foyer into the living room, that has sea salt walls, white trim and ceiling, on the neutral couch there are such fun pillows in pops of red, and another that was from my starting fabric on a pillow… gee it looks like that fabric was MADE FOR THIS ROOM!!!
You walk into our dining room (hopefully you are lucky and I’ve made creme brulee!) But the dining room is far more dramatic with white walls a red lacquered dining table, and sea salt place settings and mostly white furnishings with pops of sea blue throughout.
Okay, so maybe a red lacquered table might scare you some… but I hope you saw what I was sort of talking about. You take the colors you have chosen and switch them up with each room, but you have hints of them through out the entire house- the bathrooms, halls, living rooms, kitchens. Then as you enter each room, you don’t think, “Wait, am I on another planet?” Instead each room flows into the next, your eye is able to enjoy the transition. It doesn’t mean that you can’t be bold with color, but that you bring a hint of what was in the last room in.
(Side note, when it comes to kids rooms, my personal opinion is to let them express themselves. So, if they don’t match your “house” color scheme- so be it! As long as we are allowing them to create the space that makes them feel like they have a place in our home as well, I think that is what is most important)
Please come back for the next posts in the series!
Step 1. Five Easy Steps to The Perfect Color Pallet In Your Home
Step 2. Creating Needed Storage in Your Home
Step 3. How to use Inspiration Photos to Create Your Look
Step 4. Working with Moldings to Add Interest to Your Home
Anywho, I hope this helps you feel a little less terrified of picking colors! Good luck!
Remodelaholic is written by Cassity and Justin. Cassity has a degree in interior design and Justin is a landscape architect, so we adore everything that makes up a HOME! We love to share home remodeling ideas and projects we’re working on. From huge kitchen renovation ideas to small bathroom remodels, there isn’t anything we won’t try to tackle (at least once!). We are in the midst of our third whole home renovation, (check out house 1 and house 2 as well, so there should be a lot more inspiration coming your way). We hope that you will stop by often for home design inspiration, tutorials, interior design tips, delicious recipes and what going on in our family life.