Choosing a whole-house color palette can be a challenge. Mixing and matching becomes complicated when the colors of your home are all different shades. Building up the palette from one point of inspiration can help ensure that your home's color scheme will flow and that the colors will match from one room to another. These tips will help you choose a color for every room of the house.
Start with a point of inspiration to create the base palette for your home. Your inspiration might come from a favorite photograph, flower, or piece of furniture. Pick out the colors from that object which work well together, then find their matches in paint. You already know that these colors pair together nicely, so don't be afraid to use them in different ways throughout your house.
Add Colors as Needed
Suppose that you've picked an avocado for your point of inspiration. You're excited to scatter deep chocolatey brown, creamy yellow, moss green, and burnt sierra throughout your home. You're just a little worried, though: that's a lot of those four colors, right?
You can veer away from your color scheme whenever you feel inspired. In fact, you don't want your home's interior to be too matchy-matchy. Sticking to one color scheme throughout your house can stifle your creativity, leaving you feeling trapped in your own beautiful home.
Imagine that you've painted some of your home in shades of avocado and now you're drawn to a deep, elegant purple. This color can be paired nicely with the chocolate brown inspired by the avocado. The effect is very different from the original color scheme, but it works because purple and brown pair nicely together under the right circumstances.
Pair Colors in Adjoining Rooms
When rooms are placed side by side so that one is visible from the other, it's important for the wall colors to not clash. Ideally, the colors in one room will inspire the colors in the other room. Check color palettes from adjoining rooms against each other. Go out of your way to avoid colors that look bad from one room to the next. Remember, you want to make the transition between the two rooms easy on the eyes.
Go Neutral in Open or Connecting Spaces
Wide open spaces like open floor plan living rooms and connecting spaces like hallways can be hard to match to the adjoining rooms. Neutral colors are best for these open areas because they're the least likely to clash with other colors in the house.
If you'd like to incorporate elements of your original color scheme into these neutral areas, do so through your furniture, art, and other objects in the room. Having neutral colors in these common areas of the home also makes it easier to change color schemes, update furniture, and make other changes.
Paint Samples on the Walls
You won't know for sure if all of these colors work well together unless you paint samples on the walls. Paint supply stores sell sample colors to make it easier for homeowners to decide which colors look best. Pick one wall in the home and paint all the samples together, side by side, so you can see how well they work together. Make your decision after allowing the paint to dry fully.
Contact a Painter When You're Ready
Contact a professional painting company when you're ready to get started painting your home. Painting your entire interior is a big job. The best way to ensure that the paint is properly applied is by working with a professional painter.
For more information about picking a color palette for your entire home, contact Paul Schubert Painting Inc. We're happy to answer your questions!