6 Quick Tips for Choosing the Right Color Scheme for Your Home

by Ellen Johnson 01/24/2022

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The colors you choose for different rooms can have a major impact on how your house looks overall. With so many color schemes to choose from, how can you decide which ones would work best for your home? Part of this comes down to your personal preferences, but there are other factors to consider. Keep the following in mind to help you choose an interior design color scheme that enhances your home.

Go From Dark to Light

If you have certain colors in mind, such as blues or browns, one color scheme to consider is going from dark to light vertically. For example, you can place darker tones on your floor with an area rug, then work your way up to medium tones on the walls and lighter tones near or on the ceiling. This color scheme mimics the outside world where darker tones on the ground give way to lighter colors as you look up toward the sky.

Combine Cool and Warm Colors

When choosing a color scheme, you don’t have to decide between cool or warm tones. With the right colors, you can combine these tones for a more balanced and visually appealing look. For example, you might consider pairing warm, deep brown or honey tones with soft, cool gray tones. This can liven up rooms that mainly have neutral colors, so that they don’t look too sterile or washed out. Instead, the combination of warm and cool tones makes these rooms more pleasing to the eye.

Make Rooms Monochromatic

A monochromatic color scheme means you focus on using one color in a room instead of multiple tones. You don’t have to stick with white, black or gray to get a monochromatic look. Instead, consider focusing on a favorite color, such as green or blue. You can use various shades of this color in a room, and balance it out with neutral tones on the walls or in other areas as needed.

Consider the Room Function

If you’re having trouble deciding on colors to use for a room, think about its primary function. For example, avoid choosing red, orange, yellow and other bright, warm colors in bedrooms. Blues, greens and cooler colors have a more calming effect, making these better choices for bedroom color schemes. Save the warm, bright colors for areas that get more use during the day, such as your dining room, kitchen or living room. Neutral colors, such as grays and browns, can work in any part of your home.

Experiment with the Color Wheel

If you’re looking at a color wheel for inspiration, consider choosing colors that are next to each other. These analogous colors have a relaxing effect when they’re used in a room together. Colors that are opposite on the color wheel, known as complementary colors, can give rooms a more dramatic effect without clashing.

Keep the 60-30-10 Rule in Mind

No matter which colors you end up choosing, make sure you put the 60-30-10 rule to use. This means you use the dominant color for 60 percent of the room, a secondary color for 30 percent and an accent color for 10 percent. This rule helps ensure that the tones you use in a room achieve a good balance rather than looking overwhelming.

About the Author

Ellen Johnson

I am a longtime time resident of Plymouth, I started my love of the area as a summer resident who was lucky enough to spend summers at the beautiful Priscilla Beach. I am a successful business owner who owned the first salon and day spa in Plymouth. I sold that business and started a highly successful women's clothing and accessory store also located in Plymouth.  My love of the area and real estate brought me to a new chapter in my life full time real estate sales.

Leveraging my experience as a business owner known for outstanding client service, high tech marketing and a personal touch that is needed in a real estate transaction I have guided my sellers and buyers through the complicates process of a real estate transaction. I am proud to say that I received the International Diamond Society designation, awarded to the top 11% of all Coldwell Banker Affiliated Sale Associates consecutively the most recent year 2020.

I am grateful for my wonderful husband and 3 beautiful children. Also, to live on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I can truly say there is NO PLACE LIKE HOME!