Choosing the right colour palette for your home is one of the most important and personal decisions you make when it comes to decorating your home. The colours in a room are not just for aesthetics; they also set the mood and even energy level of the space. Read on for tips on choosing the right colour palette for your home.

Tip 1: Use a Colour Wheel to Determine a Scheme that Fits Your Personality and Lifestyle

The first step in selecting a colour palette is to pick a colour or set of colours that you are particularly fond of and locate them on the colour wheel. Next determine the type of colour scheme you prefer.

  • The monochromatic colour scheme looks clean and elegant and uses one colour in various shades, tones, and tints.
  • The analogous scheme creates a colourful and soothing palette and uses colours that appear next to each other on the colour wheel.
  • The contrast scheme creates a dramatic and energetic mood and uses contrasting colours such as yellow-orange, green-blue and red-purple.
  • The complementary scheme is bold and lively and uses opposing colours, such as blue-orange, green–magenta, blue-yellow or yellow-violet.

Tip 2: Consider a Room’s Use When Choosing the Colour Palette

Colour can impact the mood of a space, making it energetic, spacious or cozy; therefore, a room’s use is an important consideration when selecting colours.

  • Deep colours, such as brick red, ocean blue, and mandarin orange, are best for rooms primarily used at night, like your dining room or media rooms.
  • Light colours, like misty green, light rose or grey are best for daytime rooms or rooms with lots of natural light.
  • Subtle colours that flatter the skin such as peach, pink, warm beige or soft tan are best in the bathroom.
  • Cool colours, like blue and green, can create a serene mood.
  • Warmer colours, like yellows and oranges, can create an energetic and exciting feeling.

Tip 3: Always Test Colours, Room by Room, Before Painting the Walls and Trim

Once you narrow down your colour choices, it is crucial to double-check your selections in the actual space you plan to use the color. This can be done by painting a small area on the room’s wall or with paint swatches and fabrics acquired from the paint store. Always observe these paints at various times of day because light can tremendously change the colour of paint. To make sure the wall paint coordinates with the room’s furnishings arrange the furniture, rugs or carpets, artwork, lamps and other large accersories in the rooms when checking the paint colour.

Tip 4: Colours Should Flow and Complement Connecting Spaces

Colours between rooms should work together to create flow from space to space. For instance, if the master bathroom is attached to the master bedroom consider painting the rooms in different tones of the same colour. Painting the ceilings and trim of adjoining rooms the same colour and choosing neutral colours for the connecting spaces also creates a sense of flow.

Tip 5: Use the 60-30-10 Decorating Rule to Easily Put your Colour Scheme Together

The 60-30-10 rule is a simple method that will give balance to the colours used in any space.

  • Decorate 60 percent of your room in the main colour.  Typically this includes the walls, chairs, sofa, and rugs. The main colour anchors the space and also serve as a backdrop to the other colours.
  • Decorate 30 percent in the secondary colour which will support the main colour but also give the room interest. The secondary colour goes well on accent pieces, bedding, or draperies.
  • Decorate 10 percent in accent colours. Accent colours give a pop of colour and add character and personality to the room.

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