How To Pick a Color Scheme

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Choosing a color scheme for your home can be such a daunting task. There are so many colors to choose from and it can be hard to choose a palette that is cohesive and suits your style. We’ve put together some tips to get you started! Whether you like bold colors or just neutrals, these tips are for everyone.

1. Choose a color scheme from the largest pattern in your space.
Whether you use a large rug, pillow(s), couch, chair or drapes, you can draw colors from the pattern on the item that you like to create your palette.

2. Decorate your space from light to dark, vertically.
One general rule to make any space look good is to use darker colors for the floor and lower regions, medium tones for the walls and lighter colors for the ceiling and upper regions. Doing so draws your eyes up and replicates the way colors work in the natural world (dark earth beneath your feet, light sky above us, etc.)

3. Examine your wardrobe for color ideas.
Look at what colors you’re most drawn to when it comes to the clothes in your closet. We tend to wear colors that are flattering to our skin tones (or we should, anyways) so if you don’t look good in bright orange, don’t purchase a bright orange sofa. You’ll look sickly sitting on it.

4. Use the color wheel.
In general, analogous color schemes – colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green – are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is ideal for a setting where you want to unwind and relax, such as a bedroom. Helpful Tip: Whatever color scheme you choose, try adding a bit of black to each room. The black clarifies the rest of the colors in the room, so try a black vase, picture frame, throw, etc. It doesn’t have to be a big item.

5.Use the 60-30-10 rule.
This means that 60 percent of the decor in any given room should be predominantly one primary color, 30 percent your secondary color and 10 percent your tertiary color.

6. Go with the architecture.
Larger rooms can use more white paint and decor to create an airy feel. However, we don’t recommend painting the walls of a small room white to make it appear larger. Instead, use rich tones that are inviting and make you feel warm and embraced.

7. Follow your personal style.
This is the most important tip of all! Do what you like and what makes you feel at home! If you like a more Bohemian style, choose bright colors or jewel tones. If you are classic, neutrals or a soft color palette might be your best bet.

What’s your favorite color scheme and why? We’ love to hear! If you have any questions or comments, please share them with us.

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