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How to Choose a Whole House Color Scheme

How to Choose a Whole House Color Scheme

Take A Holistic Approach To Your Home’s Interior Color Scheme

Wait a minute. It’s hard enough to pick a color palette for one room. How are you supposed to do it for your entire house? Fear not. Taking a big overarching view to your home’s color scheme can be easier than you think, and will provide refreshing flow and visual continuity that can be felt throughout the whole house. All while freeing you up to focus on the other accent elements within each individual space.

Start Big

Begin with the largest room in the house. Often that will be a great room, living room or kitchen. Choose a soft neutral color for your walls that will serve as the foundation to all your other colors choices from here. Now walk through your house and take note of which rooms and hallways are in your line of sight as you move from one room to another. Understanding how rooms visually flow into each other will prove to be a distinct element as you choose your entire color palette.

Build Natural Extensions

Now that you have your main room’s color chosen, it’s time to extend your color palette to the other areas of the house. Try the simple approach of looking at colors that sit on that same paint chip. Try a shade darker or one that is lighter. Then take a look at where these complementary shades can be incorporated within hallways and rooms. Be careful to note when rooms connect thanks to archways and vaulted ceilings. You don’t want to realize mid-painting that there is no natural way to transition to a new shade.

Test It Out

Once you have your ideas on the whole color palette, try it out on walls. Make your own swatches and take them into each room at various times of the day, to see how both natural and ambient lighting affects how the color looks.

How to Make Rooms Look Bigger

No matter what shade you choose, you can help make any room appear larger by painting ceilings white. Also try painting trim and walls all the same color. This keeps the eye moving instead of having to stop when there is a visual break. It will actually promote the illusion of a more spacious room and will continue the flow of your space.

Land the Complement

Once you have your color palette, find ways to connect to it within each room. Choose a quilt set that has elements of your wall color in its pattern. In the living room, hang a large canvas wall art above the sofa that channels some of the same hues in your walls or trim. Use a large area rug to bring your total room together by completing the look on the floor.

Add a Few Bold Accents

Every room should have a few distinctive accent pieces that fall within the outer rim of your color scheme. If your home channels soft subtle blues and cool grays, then let a bold, blue mason-jar inspired vase with a bouquet of iris add a little pop to the room. Or throw a set of vibrant throw pillows on your bed to add an element of whimsy. Discover how to customize your home with our interior design ideas that will help you marry color with your personality.

4 thoughts on “How to Choose a Whole House Color Scheme

  1. I have found myself in a real dilemma! I am a fairly recent widow and thought my spirits would be lifted by redecorating. My favorite colors are yellow, green, orange, and purple. Unfortunately I don’t know where to start. My kitchen is orange and white. I absolutely love it. However; I can’t find anything in my other colors.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your spouse.

      Nancy, adding bright colors to your home décor is sure to make your home feel more cheerful. Spring is the perfect time to find home accents in your favorite colors. We’ve recently added a lot of new arrivals in bright and cheery green, yellow, orange and purple online and in our Spring catalog.

      Here are some decorating ideas to inspire you. Start at the front door by hanging a colorful spring wreath and adding planters in one of your favorite colors in a mix of shapes and sizes. Revitalize your living room with decorative throw pillows, a new area rug, and wall art. Next, bring cheer to your bedroom with colorful garden floral bedding and light and airy window treatments. It might also be nice to invite a good friend over to share your ideas and to give you an extra set of eyes as you begin redecorating your home.

  2. Hello,
    I purchased a 1966 skyline trailer two years ago. It is small, a smidge less than 900 square feet. I want to paint the interior a light grey/green color and use a strong brick red for an accent wall. What do you think? I have two dark brick red leather barrel chairs and a grey/green small love seat for major furniture pieces and the walls are currently beige. i will be extending the green down the long wall that extends from the front to the back of the trailer and will use the red in the kitchen too.

    1. Sonja, thank you for sharing your decorating dilemma. When it comes to color schemes, your choice to use complimentary colors is both dynamic and pleasing to the eye. You’ve chosen two colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel. Since this color combo has high contrast, you may want to introduce a neutral color into your color scheme. After you’ve chosen your three colors, you can use the interior design color rule of 60-30-10 to create a cohesive look.

      For example, 60% of the trailer’s color is the dominant color, your light grey/green walls, area rugs and the sofa loveseat. The dominant color serves as the anchor for your trailer and is the backdrop for the other two colors in your color scheme. Your secondary color, brick red, is 30% of the color in your trailer. The brick red provides visual interest and can be used for the sofa, bed linens, painted furniture, curtains and/or the accent wall. The accent color is 10% and it is used for the wall hangings, accent pillows, candles, table lamps and decorative accessories.

      As you are pulling together the color scheme for your trailer, you may want to reach out to a trusted girlfriend to share ideas and to give you an extra set of eyes to help you pull together the overall look and the color palette.

      Sonja, please be sure to share with us the before and after photos. We are excited to see the transformation.

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