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Choosing A Paint Palette For Every Room in Your Home

How To Select a Paint Palette For Every Room in Your Home

Interior designers aren’t the only ones that can create awesome color schemes for their homes. With a few tips and tricks, even the least creative of us can find a way to really bring more life to an abode than white walls.

Fixed Elements

By definition, these are the pièce des résistance. Countertops, cabinets, flooring and anything else that cannot simply be moved or discarded are considered fixed. Unless you plan on investing in changing these out, you must take into account their texture and coloration before settling on a color scheme for your palette. Most will be neutral-toned, but will have either warmer or cooler undertones. Once these are determined, decide to either match or contrast them.

Color Scheme

Start with a feeling. Many try to point you in the way of inspiration, but what else inspires you more if not your feelings? Figure out how you want to feel when you walk into the room. Next, figure out if you want a monochromatic, analogous or complementary theme. Each determine which colors on the color wheel you will be utilizing.

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With the colors figured out, determine one neutral. This will be the one color that is consistent throughout each and every room. Use it in the open spaces. This color can either be a warm neutral, cool neutral or a shade of greige.


Now you need the most striking color. Many suggest making this your favorite color and then enhancing it. For instance, if you like red, go for a bright red or a garnet.


The accent color is used the least but really pops when you want some visual drama. For monochromatic, make sure it is either lighter or darker than the bold color. For analogous, choose either a different tint of the bold or one next to it on the color wheel. Finally, for complimentary, make sure this accent is across from the bold choice on the color wheel.


Now that you have your scheme, you need to know the best place to paint the colors. For whites, go with trim and various furniture pieces. The neutral color is your default. Use it in open and connecting spaces in addition to the bathrooms. Next, the bold color should be used only in places you want to grab attention. Finally, use the accent to bring a small bit of life to various rooms.

Your house should be connected in both style and color. Luckily, choosing a through scheme for its entirety is easier than ever.

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