Home Design Inspiration: 7 Tips for Choosing Your Home’s Interior Color Palette

Posted by Laine Smith on 5/26/17 8:55 AM

Topics: Home Ownership

Choosing the right color combo for your home’s interior is no small feat. You want to covey a certain mood and style and have your palette flow seamlessly throughout your home all while avoiding adding too much color. It’s a task! Here are some tips to help you achieve a cohesive look.

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Be Mindful of Light

The appearance of a room is heavily affected by lighting. There is a reason so many homeowners keep their walls painted in lighter hues – lighter colors reflect light and make a room seem larger. Aim to keep darker-hued pieces toward the floor, drawing the eye upward with lighter hued accents.

Use a Ratio



HGTV suggests using the 60:30:10 ratio of 60% dominant color (walls), 30% (upholstery) secondary color and 10% accent color (accessories).

Determine the Mood

You know that color can affect mood – blues, creams and greys for calm, orange for energy, yellow for optimism – but the combination of tones you use also sets the mood of an entire room in regards to formality. Rooms designed with colors next to each other on the color wheel like blue and green or orange and yellow give off a more casual vibe while rooms designed with complementary colors like red and green or orange and blue evoke a more formal setting.

Vary Intensities

Just because you’ve chosen a teal blue as your secondary or accent color doesn’t mean you have to replicate that exact shade with every accent. Varying the intensity of the color creates visual interest and depth.

Create Color Flow

Tying in your dominant, secondary and accent colors will help keep the design of each room from looking choppy. For example, if the upholstery of your dining room chairs is green, tie it in with a green-hued rug in your living room and accent throw pillows in your bedroom.

When In Doubt, Keep a Neutral Base



One of the more common color mistakes is not knowing when color is too much color. By keeping bigger items like furniture a neutral tone you are able to add color versatility to your liking and able to experiment until you find the right fit.

Determine Your Secondary Color Based On Your Biggest Item

Sometimes you fall in love with an item before you put a room together, whether that’s an area rug or a colored sofa. Choose that color as your secondary hue and incorporate the dominant and accent colors afterward.

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