Do you find the idea of implementing a color scheme in your home a *little* overwhelming and daunting … maybe even impossible?! It actually isn’t that hard!
We all have our own color preferences and that is OK! Truly there is no ‘correct’ color palette, but there ARE some basic guidelines you can follow no matter your color scheme.
This post won’t go into color theory or deep explanations of color schemes, BUT you WILL find four actionable steps that can help you create a cohesive color scheme in your house!
1. DETERMINE YOUR COLOR PERSONALITY
There are two great places you can look to determine what colors you are naturally drawn to … your current home décor AND your closet!
What colors do you prefer to wear (i.e. what color are your clothes)? What colors do you already decorate with? Do you notice themes or patterns in the color choices?
Both of these places give you insight into what colors you are drawn to and, therefore, should implement in your home. On the flip side, if you no longer like the colors in your home or closet, then it’s time for a change!
2. CHOOSE YOUR BASE COLOR
Your base color will be your backdrop in the main living areas of your home. This is the paint color that will tie your rooms together. The base can be ANY color … typically people choose a neutral but you don’t have to!
Using consistent color on the walls of connecting spaces (including hallways and second floor landings if visible from below) creates a flow between rooms … especially if you have open floor plan.
I painted the walls of my main living areas Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. I did add textured grasscloth wall coverings in my dining room and kitchen … the grasscloth coverings are neutral and consistent with my paint color so it all flows!
Decor Tip: I recommend that you keep your trim paint color consistent throughout your home as well. Learn more HERE.
3. CHOOSE 4-5 ACCENT COLORS
Some decorators recommend keeping all colors in the same color family, but I (personally) don’t think this is that important. I love to add pops of bright pink to my very ‘cool’ color scheme. The more crucial thing is to use the SAME 4-5 accent colors throughout your main living areas.
My accent colors include blue, gray, gold, and white (boring to some people, but calming to ME!). I LOVE this cool color palette BUT pink is my favorite color, so I add pops of bright pink into my otherwise very neutral color scheme.
Another option is to use variations of ONE accent color as you move from room to room. For example, use various hues of blue as your accent colors (e.g. blue gray, navy blue, sky blue, etc.).
Decor Tip: WARM COLORS include reds, oranges, and yellows; COOL COLORS include grays, greens, and blues.
4. PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!
Paint your hallways and main living spaces (e.g. family room and kitchen) your base color. Feel free to add a textured grasscloth or other neutral wallpaper in your main living area … just make sure it blends into the overall look of your base paint color.
Your color palette goes beyond paint … you can tie in your accent colors with furniture, rugs, pillows, art, throws, and accessories. Sprinkle your accent colors into each room to create that cohesive flow.
If implementing bold colors, it’s best to keep these contained to smaller items or accessories that you can easily change out if you get tired of the bold color. In my home, my bold is bright pink … I contain this to small accents such as flowers and book covers.
You can see how I created a cohesive (cool) color scheme in my HOME TOUR.
See … it’s not so hard! Simply use the same base color on the walls of all main living areas, and sprinkle the same 4-5 accent colors into each main living area! You got this, girl!
Don’t worry … you can branch out of your color scheme in your bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry room!
I truly hope these steps help you to feel more confident in your ability to create a cohesive color scheme in your house! Please sign up for my newsletter so you are always the FIRST to know when I publish new design and decor tips! You also will get access to my FREE guide, How to Balance Style vs. Budget when Building, Renovating, or Decorating your Home! Sign up HERE!