Sunday, July 6, 2014

Choosing a color palette for your home

Choosing a color palette is one of the most important decisions you'll have to make when decorating your home. It can be a daunting task if you are just starting out because everything in your home is based around the colors you choose.

I have posted before about how to choose colors for your home but I think it bears repeating. I always get asked, "How do you choose colors when there is so many colors to choose from?!"

 I have a few tips that I've found helpful when choosing color for my own home.

1. Go through decorating magazines and mark pages, or tear them out as I do, and start a folder to stick them in. These days we have Pinterest, an excellent source for decorating ideas! Now, study all those pictures you've filed away, or scroll through all those decorating ideas you've pinned to your decorating board and you will see what all those images have in common, both in color and design. 

2. An easy way to choose a color palette is by picking colors from a favorite piece of furniture, artwork, a rug, throw pillows, anything really that pleases your eye. You can choose colors from any one of these items to use as your dominant color, second and third colors for the room.

Interior design guidelines state that you should use the 60-30-10 rule when decorating your home. Now I'm not one to follow the rules, but I think naturally that's what I've done in my own home. The color that you choose to be the dominate color should be used in 60% of your home, eg. the walls. The second color you choose will be used in 30%, eg. furniture and drapes. And last, the accent color will make up 10% of your decor. These are guidelines that I have found from information I have read in decorating magazines, and it is a good guideline to use if you don't know where to start. 

3. Another guideline the decor magazines give you is to look in your closet, you no doubt dress in the colors that you love, colors that compliment you, and that's another indication of the colors you gravitate towards. Even though I dress in a lot of black, the majority of my wardrobe is neutral colors like white, creams, grays with very little color. The colors I've chosen to decorate my home is creams, whites, and gray:) and I didn't even do the closet test!

4. Consider the other rooms in your home. If you have an open living space you will want to paint the large room in cohesive colors. You don't necessarily have to paint the walls all the same color, but you want them to flow together. Use the paint chips with multiple colors as a guideline for a cohesive color palette, all those colors would look beautiful together as wall colors or for any decor in your home. If you don't have an open living space you still want your colors to be cohesive. Paint each room a different color, but make sure your colors go well together. 

5. One of the most important "rules" in choosing colors is to not use rules at all. Rules are good for those who need a little guidance, but really, color is fun, color is personal. Certain color evokes certain feelings for some and those are the colors you should incorporate in your home. To me, creams, whites, and grays give me a feeling of warmth and coziness, and that's how I want my home to feel, for me and for my guests.

So use these tips as guidelines to help you, but go with your feelings, pick colors that show your own personality and uniqueness and you can't go wrong:)

Another tool to help you pick your personal colors, like the ones you see in this post, is this absolutely fantastic website You can customize a color palette that's perfect for you.

Visit it and lose yourself in beautiful color!


  1. Anonymous8:25:00 AM

    I'm going to save this post, Rhonda. I have tons of those palettes stored on Pinterest!

    1. If you go to the website I gave you can customize a color palette, so much fun to play! I was thinking of you when I wrote this post;)


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