How to Pick Interior Color Schemes

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Picking interior color schemes is often overlooked or it seems too difficult like it is just for designers. You might just throw all of your furniture in a room & then paint your favorite color on the wall.


Interior color schemes add a sense of cohesiveness to the room. Plus, while you are going through all of the work of interior home painting, you mine as well do it right. This way you won't have to get out the color swatches for several more years.

  • Break away from all of the swatches. When you are looking at small paint chips it can seem impossible to even see which colors match each other. Make a list of all of your favorite things. See if there is a corresponding color scheme that runs throughout this. You might like natural colors, or bright tones. You can always take your favorite object to the paint store & they can scan & match it.

  • Look at what you can't change. Do you have a large stone fireplace that seems to dominate the room? If you aren't thrilled with it, but you can't change it, the right interior color schemes can make the world of difference. You don't have to match the color exactly. You can make it blend into the wall by using one of the colors that is found in the stone.

  • Pick three colors. It can be tempting when doing interior home painting to pick colors for the moldings, walls, ceilings & furniture. This can leave your room feeling more like a circus than a relaxing space. With three colors you will have a main color, an accent color & a neutral color.

  • Turn to the paint chip. Many paint chips have complimentary color schemes on them. They often use colors in a way that you wouldn't normally think of like purple, red & tan. This is an easy way to choose interior color schemes because all of the work is done for you.

  • Use a neutral. This can be the color of your furniture or the shade of your carpet. Interior color schemes use beiges, browns, or even blacks to break up the space. This way the room seems intentional without being overwhelming. This is a great way to bring together two colors that don't traditionally match such as purple & green. Leave the molding a bright white & keep the ceiling a basic color so that you won't have to repaint it in the near future.

  • Consider the rooms around it. Is your dining room open to the kitchen? If so, you'll need to consider the colors of your appliances or the tiles. This can make both rooms seem larger because there will be more of a flow. It will turn two choppy rooms into a great room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep swatches of your carpet, paint, & any stone work in your car. This way you can run out & grab them if you want to see if a fabric matches.

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