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olor preferences vary as much as personalities, with some loving the bright and the bold, while others feeling most secure surrounded by neutrals. The good news is that when it comes to color, there really is truly no “correct” palette but there ARE some basic guidelines you can follow no matter your color scheme.
4 easy steps to create a cohesive color scheme in your home:
Determine your color personality. There are two great places you can look to determine what colors you are naturally drawn to … your current home decor AND your closet!
What colors do you prefer to wear (i.e. what color are your clothes)? What colors do you already decorate with? Do you notice themes or patterns in the color choices?
Both of these places give you insight into what colors you are drawn to and, therefore, should implement in your home. On the flip side, if you no longer like the colors in your home or closet, then it’s time for a change!
Choose your base color.
Your base color will be your backdrop in the main living areas of your home. This is the paint color that will tie your rooms together. The base can be ANY color … typically people choose a neutral but you don’t have to!
One simple way to create a cohesive feel is to use a consistent paint color on the walls of connecting spaces.
Avoid a choppy feel in your interior by choosing a flow-through color, paying attention to sight lines, working with accessories and more.
Choose 4-5 accent colors.
The most crucial thing is to use the SAME 4-5 accent colors throughout your main living areas.
Another option is to use variations of ONE accent color as you move from room to room. For example, use various hues of blue as your accent colors (e.g. blue gray, navy blue, sky blue, etc.)
Decor Tip: WARM COLORS include reds, oranges, and yellows; COOL COLORS include grays, greens, and blues.
Put it all together.
Paint your hallways and main living spaces (e.g. family room and kitchen) your base color. Mix things up by adding a neutral wallpaper in your main living area … just make sure it blends into the overall look of your base paint color.
Your color palette goes beyond paint … you can tie in your accent colors with furniture, rugs, pillows, art, throws, and accessories. Sprinkle your accent colors into each room to create that cohesive flow.
If implementing bold colors, it’s best to keep these contained to smaller items or accessories that you can easily change out if you get tired of the bold color.
I hope you enjoyed learning about how to create a cohesive color scheme for your home! Let me know what you thought of it and if you have any questions, I’d love to read them in my comments section below! ☺
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