Choosing a color scheme for your house doesn’t have to be overly complicated, as long as you know where to begin. Start with objects that already inspire you and take color cues from there. Expand that mission to the whole house or apartment, and the task gets even more complicated. But don’t worry, we are here to help make sense of it all with some modern house color scheme ideas. Read more to learn about choosing colors for the inside of your house, including those colors throughout the space, and ways to get even more inspiration for your next home makeover project.
Choose a Color Scheme From The Largest Pattern in The Space
If you’ve got patterned upholstery, a colorful rug or large piece of artwork, pluck colors you like from the pattern. For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges. Neutral shades include grey, beige, olive, khaki, peach, and taupe. Choose one of these laid-back colors to offset and pair with a brighter partner, like blue, purple, green, or yellow. Start with the formal areas of your home first. Specifically, the living room, dining room and entry way. Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme. For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.
Use The Color Wheel
In general, analogous color schemes — colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green — are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is a good strategy for a bedroom, where you want to rest and recover. It’s easy to incorporate a color scheme throughout your house as long as you don’t get stuck in a creative rut. Instead of repeating the same arrangement in every room, mix up the ways you use color.
Use the 60-30-10 Rule
When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories). And remember, everyday objects like books, blankets, or even pairs of shoes can all be used to show color and express your personality. In addition to this rule, try to limit your colors to three. Limiting your palette to just three colors is a can’t-miss strategy in any space.
Don’t Forget To Keep It Personal
If you decorate honestly, other people will appreciate it because it’s you, even if they’d never decorate their own house in the same way. That means if you want to make every room in your house red, white and blue, go for it. You can make any color look good as long as it truly suits your personal style.
Experiment With Lighting
Even the most beautiful colors can look a little bit drained or drab under the wrong lighting. The good news is, “quality” doesn’t have to mean “expensive.” Simply changing the color or thickness of your drapes might be enough to radically alter the way the whole room feels. In general, try to avoid fluorescent lighting. Modern LEDs are energy-efficient and, thanks to improvements in technology, are now better than ever at mimicking the warm glow of incandescent bulbs.
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