Creating a coordinating color scheme for your home will result in a more harmonious visual effect than a series of unrelated colors in each room. This is especially true in an open plan home with fewer walls separating the spaces.

When choosing colors for your home, consider the natural light that enters your home. The light continually changes throughout the day, which creates a change in the paint’s appearance.  Keep in mind the color of permanent materials such as flooring that can’t be easily changed. Buy samples of paint that you are considering and paint a large enough section of the wall so that you can see the effect of changing light throughout the day. Study the samples to determine the most pleasing look.

Limit the main colors in your home to a couple of choices. Use different shades and tints of the colors from room to room to pull them together. Your color scheme will then seem to flow from one room to another. If you have difficulty choosing colors, consult magazines or decorating books. You may find inspiration in a drapery or upholstery fabric, nature, or a work of art. Keep a binder of ideas to give you inspiration.

If neutral colors appeal to you, try a medium-toned tan in the family room with lighter and darker versions in adjoining rooms, such as the dining room and kitchen. Neutrals can be warm or cool, depending on the undertones. Not all whites or beiges are the same. Look for a tone that harmonizes with the colors that are already present in the room. Choose an accent color or two and carry it through to other rooms by using it for various accents, such as rugs, pillows, curtains, and wall décor.

A little more individuality can be shown in the more private rooms. Let the occupant’s personality come through in choosing colors for bedrooms, studies, or offices. Here you can let bolder looks shine. Just keep them in the same color family to create harmony.


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