Decorating Color Schemes
select a great color palette for your home

Decorating Color Schemes

You've made the decision to decorate a room or space in your home, and now are faced with the reality of making the decorating color schemes decision.

For some, that is a very nerve-wracking thought!

If you can afford the services of an interior designer or design consultant, they can take most of the stress off of your shoulders.

But if your budget isn't large enough for both purchases and expert assistance, you need to find a way to get through the process of designing your space successfully with minimal stress.

Decorating Color Schemes using bold primary colors


There are several decisions you should make at the onset of your project, and one of the most important is the color palette for the space.

Determining the color scheme before you make any purchases, design decisions or consider other home decorating ideas will benefit you in several ways.

First, an explanation of what is meant by 'color scheme'. Decorating color schemes represent the primary and secondary colors you will be using in your design project.

You should select up to three primary colors and one or two secondary colors to work with. By making this decision at the beginning of the project you will ensure consistency in your selections and purchases.

How do you go about deciding on on these colors?

One of the most effective ways to make the decor decision is to look around your home and see what color selections you have made in the past.

Walk through the rooms of your home and write down all of the colors you see, in no particular order.

After you have done this, take a few minutes to reorganize that list into the colors that you really enjoy seeing, those that are okay, and the colors that you'd rather not look at every day (you know, those impulsive purchases and decisions of the past!)

Let's look at an example:

You may have listed moss green, buttercup yellow and light blue as the colors you really enjoy and have used in other areas of your home. Those colors make you happy.

Your list of 'okay' colors included light brown and navy blue. Consider the space you are going to decorate/re-decorate, and decide which of those colors you want to use.

You decide to use moss green and light blue as the predominant colors for your project with accents of navy blue, buttercup yellow and deep gold.

You have added a new color, or shade, to the decorating color scheme by the inclusion of a deep gold. It is in the yellow/brown family and will fit in quite nicely with the rest of the colors in your home.

Neutral living area with red accents

I love the quiet overall feel of this living room with colorful accents of red., courtesy of The fabric patterns keep things interesting on the upholstery, while the walls, trim and floors play a neutral role in the space.

Colorful blue and green color combination

Go for bold with green, blue and white for a dramatic yet playful look. I love the patterns here....three in all...the curtain panels, accent pillows and coffee table/ottoman.

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Soft and soothing blue and white color palette

Soft, soothing and subdued are the blue and white decorating color scheme in this bedroom. Charming, with an accent wall in soft robin's egg blue, then the rest of the trim, ceiling and furnishings/accessories in shades of white.Vary the textures to keep the neutral shades interesting.

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Bold red and white colors in this dining room

Set the tone for the space with bold color choices on the walls. If you do that, remember to keep the rest of the furnishings a little quieter, as shown here.

There are interesting fabric patterns but they are small prints, the floor is neutral, light toned wood and the furnishings blend well but don't overtake the space.

You don't have to, and most likely don't want to use the exact same colors in every area of your home. There are some homes that use this technique very effectively, but unless you know how to accomplish it properly, your home could easily look quite uninteresting.

So for most of us, using two or three primary colors throughout our home, with two or three secondary colors as accents, is the most successful way to home design.

You now have the decorating color scheme selected for your home design project and are ready to turn your vision into a reality that will be beautiful in the designed space and consistent with the rest of your home.

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