Choosing colors for your home is the first step to making your house look professionally decorated. Really, almost any colors can work – you simply need to choose them in the right proportions. The right proportions of color in a home give a professionally decorated feel.
The basic rule of color proportion is 60% main (or dominant color), 30% secondary color, and 10% accent color. Print this worksheet and simply follow these steps to find the perfect colors for your home.
The first step is to think about what your 3 favorite colors are.
My 3 favorite colors are pink, purple, and aqua blue. Any of these are great colors, but I con’t live in my house alone. The Mr.’s favorite colors are red, blue, and green. At first it seems like we are not going to get on the same page with a favorite color. But when you think about it, blue, green, and aqua blue all have at least some elements in common. So do red and pink. The Mr. is totally out on pink – so we both agree on a teal blue green color. I like it and so does he. So, for our “family favorite” we agree on Teal.
Step two in choosing your colors is figuring out what colors are related to your favorite on the color wheel (provided for you).
Without going into great depth (as you can easily do with the color wheel) we simply want to identify what colors are to the right, left, and opposite of your favorite. Now your family favorite, like mine, may not be clearly defined on the color wheel. That’s ok. Simply find your “mix” of colors and list the color to the right, left, and opposite of your shade of favorite.
With our family favorite being teal, we find blue on the right, green on the left, and a red-orange opposite of the color wheel. Any of these colors is a great choice of secondary color to complement your favorite. If you really like “pop” in your rooms the color wheel opposite will give you the biggest bang in contrast. Because the Mr. and I like a more calm color palette with less contrast we chose blue as our secondary color. Green would have been just as calm, but we simply like blue better.
The last step in building your perfect color palette is choosing your neutral.
Neutrals come in all hues and all intensities. For the sake of simplicity and longevity in enjoying your home decor I am going to limit our neutrals to either greys, beiges, or whites. I understand that is limiting – but I want the foundation of the room to stand the test of time and save you money. Neutrals are timeless because they do not go out of style and are not displeasing to the eye. They simply serve as a back drop to the colors you love. If you’re like me at all you like to change your accent colors from time to time. I certainly do not want to paint an entire room or purchase all new furniture to change a color.
So…. back on topic, simply choose the neutral you like best (grey, beige, or white).
Once you’ve chosen your base neutral you then decide if the “cool” version of the the color, or the “warm” version of the color looks best with other elements in the room (primarily flooring). I’m currently living in a rental where I can’t change the wall color, so it was chosen for me. Most of my house is painted in Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige. My house is older (much older) so it has really great character and charm. This very basic beige color really allows the trim to pop – so it works well.
Now that my worksheet is complete I know my perfect color palette is
60% Warm Beige / 30% Blue / 10% Teal
This is the color palette that will be repeated in various rooms of the house – we’ll talk more about that in the coming weeks. I’ll show you how to reuse the colors, but mix it up a bit so that it is not boring. It will feel cohesive and flow well from one room to another. This is really important to achieving that professionally decorated look and feel in a home.
Setting up your home with a solid neutral backdrop color is key to getting the cohesive and professionally decorated home you are looking for. It is the first step in the process.
What colors did you find for your home? Did you have any problem figuring it out? Let me know how it’s working for you. Let’s chat….
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