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How do I choose a Color Scheme for Your Home?

How do I choose a Color Scheme for Your Home?

There is an aura that comes with a perfect paint job compliment to good color schemes.

Shades that appeals not only to you but everybody within your space.

Like a ray of light, a golden-yellow kitchen finishes are all things and cheerful; the character that screams "wake up and smell the coffee" (literally): bright and jovial vibes all day.

Or consider the calm of blue hues in your babies nest: perfect, tranquil and serene. These airy shades make it easier for young ones to sleep

Problem is if you need to make a color choice, You will step into your local home improvement store and walk out either perplexed or with a truckload of color chips.

Which is okay, if you know what to do with them. But there is that one time you don't.

In reality, colors on chips or screens will differ with your desire, there is that possibility at least.

A picture perfect representation on Pinterest might not be so perfect after all.

But Understanding color will assist you in making excellent choices.

So let's dive into the pool of color

The Psychology of Color

Our tone choices are a reflection of our personalities, and though we like to dismiss colors as mare optics there is a substantial psychological influence on perception, mood and thought.

Color is energy with a wavelength which shifts to us and directs our thinking in a specific way. The influence is replicated by home interiors with every color in our spaces creating a footprint in our mind, that is what we considered beautiful and what not.

Our instinctive, unconscious response to color is a vital element of our survival. Color is the first thing we register when we are assessing anything, a very simple example is the obvious association of purple with royalty.

A little history lesson if I may

Assuming we were a few centuries back purple would be a privilege only for Meghan Markle and squad.

Purple was a color distinct to royalty and the imperial class in ancient Rome, Egypt, Persia and very pronounced in the Elizabethan era in England.

Many years later we still associate purple with royalty, So I'm guessing you would never go wrong with your little girl's room purple interiors, she is your little princess after all


There are four unique psychological colors red, blue, yellow and green away from all colors having their effects

These respectively relates to the body, mind, emotion and the balance between the three

What are Your Colors Communicating?


Reds grab attention which evokes strong emotions of passion and love.

The shades raise pulse rate and give an impression of swift movement and timelapse in high activity workout spaces.

Red interiors in kitchens and dining areas stimulate appetite while in bedrooms they to evoke passion and romance, but certainly never soothing if you are trying to hit the sack.

Red is however not ideal for living spaces where people spend a lot of time. It can irritate and increase hostile feeling. Use yellow as the alternative since it's equally as bright and cheerful.


Blue is the language of calm and tranquility, its the skies on a beautiful summer day sailing the calm deep blue sea.

These serene and soothing feels are perfect for bedrooms.

Can also be used in work or study spaces to stimulate creativity and innovation.

However, keep your blues in check rest you appear cold and uncaring.

Blue interiors are better used in warm regions. In colder regions with frosty winters, these shades can be freezing.


Green implies rest or wealth in nature.

Between the cheerful yellows and calm blues, green equally represents leisure and rest: leisurely calm.

The greens at the center of the color spectrum represent a balance of life in abundance and plenty.

In the kitchen yellow can make everything look sizzling, use green when you want to tone it down a notch.


Yellow is hot, yellow is happy and certainly is cheerful.

Use yellow in your kitchen especially if you spend a lot of time cooking (when it's your hobby). These hues will keep you cheerful and psyched, the kind of atmosphere you need to enjoy activities.

Use yellows in living spaces when you need to communicate happy vibe

Yellow is equally bright perfect for hallways when you need to make space feel bigger.

Compares to the sun, and signifies the start of a bright new dawn.


Purple is power, wealth and sophistication. Its the color that posses elegant and affluent feels.

However too much purple can be introverted and distance. It's a cool color and the last visible wavelength, that combined with its reserved nature can be unnerving

Shades of purple are ideal for bedrooms, coz they possess the calming effect same as blues.

Use purple to detail accents that you need to pop in minimalist or modern interiors.


There is another cheerful color. Very close in relation to yellow, it adds fun and warmth to spaces. Orange is perfect for work out spaces, especially as a replacement for red which can be overly intrusive.

Orange is encouraging and fun, use it to spice kids study areas or playrooms.


Neutrals are not actual colors, but there are used extensively to make particular statements.

Whites and greys are used in walls,, and floors as trendy options especially for modern interiors.The white aesthetics bring out a sleek vibe while grey is alternative if white is too glaring.

Black is used in limitations for accents or when you need to hold everything together to create unique depth,

You can tap on the psychology of color to create the ideal perception.

To make small areas spacious use darker shades of your color chip: that reason why many living rooms carry pale whites, light -yellows, and greys.

Within seasoned painter circles, neutral matte grey against glossy white moldings helps offset the restrictiveness of small spaces making distinctive legible shadows that keep rooms spacious.

The Color Wheel

Being able to use colors in harmony can help create spectacular results, but this doesn't mean reinventing the wheel.

The same old wheel invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666 is used in all color chips.

RYB (Red, Yellow, and Blue) are primary colors, mixing them yields secondary colors (green, orange and purple).

Tertiary is everything that's not primary or secondary.

Black and white are not true colors;(trying to run the risk of physics gibberish), because they don't have specific wavelengths.

Tints, Shades & Tones

Depending on what color you have, making colors lighter or darker yields a shade or tint. These aspects yield lighter to darker hues within a single wavelength.

Or you may opt a slow transition to a subtle sophisticated hue to the former.

Shading is adding some black into color to get a darker hue.

If you add white you create a lighter aspect which is a tint and if you add some grey you most likely will transition to a subtle hue.

When we add grey we are said to be changing the tone of that particular color.

Depending on the colors you choose, there always the feel created.

Color Temparature

The same color wheel by the noble Sir can be divided into warm or cool colors.

Reds, orange, yellows and borderline shades of greens are vivid and energetic. They inspire a bubbly happy and jovial feel.

They are full of energy best for social spaces. Use the warmer colors for your kitchen and exercise room.

Then you have your darker greens, purples, blues, violets and indigos: they carry a relaxed, calm and gentle vibe perfect for rest and ponder area.

Whites, blacks, and greys are neutral, they are neither here nor there.

Warm colors are stimulating and work really well in the social rooms of your house, such as the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

Cool colors are more calming and work best in private rooms where concentration, tranquility and rest are most important, like the bedroom, office, and nursery.

Value, Hue & Saturation

All colors can be described in terms of value and hue. Combined with other physical and psychological effect value and hues affect color depth.

Value is the relative lightness or darkness of a color. Hue refers to pure spectrum colors as opposed to "color" which refer to full wavelengths and all combinations thereof.

Saturation is the brilliance and intensity of color.

A colors value, hue, and saturation (intensity) are important tools to know when choosing a color scheme.

Your average red is not just red, it runs from the darkest wine red through middle ground scarlet to the lightest which is lilac.

These details are a little overkill if all you need is paint, but if you are very specific about what you want, understanding these specifics which are present on the color chip is worth your while.

Harmonize Your Colors

Choosing desired colors is one thing.

Harmonising is another.

In home decor, it's common to have a dominant color with a secondary at thirty percent and compliments for accents.

But Using more colors doesn't necessarily equal visual noise.With color harmony, hues will always pop and fit.

Color combination uses more than one colors on the color wheel or shades and tints of the same color for monochrome schemes.

Three colors equidistant forming a triangle, while four colors make a rectangle with a pair on either side facing each other.

These type of harmonies combine to create color schemes.

Making Color Schemes

Complementary Colors

Complimentary colors are powerful, feeding off each other's intensity to pop in contrast.

Colors sitting opposite on the color wheel are compliments and thought a delicate choice they are Ideal for bold statements.

They are best when you need things to stand out, particularly for lesser areas.

Sets of complementary colors are derived from the red-yellow-blue color model.

Complimenting a cool and warm color is ideal in kids rooms, outdoor spaces or where high energy look is desired.

Play parks are the perfect example of how to use complementary colors for high energy areas.

Split complimentary

These are the conservative variation of the complementary scheme.

The high contrast of complementary schemes is muted: the schemes are more user-friendly best for when you are trying to avoid making a disaster off compliments.

Split complimentary are stemmed from two adjacent colors to the complement of the dominant on either side.

For instance, if you use green as the dominant orange and purple would be the split compliments because they sit on the right and left of red.

These schemes can be used as an alternative to complimentary schemes in children and game rooms.

Monochromic scheme

Monochrome schemes were for the longest time a trend now they are timeless styles.

Away from when they were regarded as color averse decorators choice, more color scenes have revolutionized the style. Monochrome schemes use different hues of one color to create a subtle and calm interior.

Think of an interior with a turquoise wall, navy blue furniture, and duck-egg-blue rugs, I bet it does make you feel calm.

Rest it be confused with achromic schemes: which are technically colorless (grey, white and black), monochrome are shades and tints of a color intricately blend to create unique spaces.

Analogous schemes

Analogous schemes are mid-point complementary and monochromic schemes.

These Analogous scheme uses two adjacent colors to create a contrasting gentle feel. Turquoise is borderline blue-green, blends of turquoise shades with both the greens and blues present create a dynamic analogous scheme.

Of most importance is to capture the contrast rest we fall back to monochromic cons. Choose one dominant hue of the two then double down from the secondary and accents.

Triadic and Tetradic schemes

Triadic and tetradic color schemes are risky to use. With three and four contrasting colors, these designs easily slip into visual noise territory.

Triadic schemes are the product of three equidistant colors on the color wheel, sitting on the three tips of a triangle inside the wheel.

Tetradics, with fours colors use two color pairs each one either side within a rectangle.

Triadic schemes are made of primary (red-yellow-blue) or secondary (purple-green-orange) hues.

Triadic, tetradic and complementary schemes are ideal for high energy areas, they are dramatic and vibrant.

How to Choose Color Schemes

The 60-30-10 Color Rule

This rule is not to reserve to interior design and home decor, its prominent in all genres of art & design, from creating to marketing products.

To get the most appealing look of a room, designers suggest using three colors. One dominant color that is 60% of the space. This is the anchor and backdrop color where all other hue branches. Neutral colors and light shades on walls, floors, and ceiling are ideal for setting the background which will dominate the scene.

30% should be secondary, exactly half the dominant color. This color should be able to blend well with dominant shade. Large accent areas like rugs and furniture ideally oscillate between the dominant and secondary color. The best way is to think of this as a guideline, as opposed to a rule of thumb. Blend different shades and tints from the dominant and secondary colors to make appealing designs.

Some color has shade values so wide apart they risk looking like two colors. Using 5-7 shade values of a color with neutrals in between will get the best of that color without running the risk of visual noise.

The last 10% is used on accents, from accents chairs, throw pillow and picture frames. The essence of the 10% is to break the monotony. You can delicately contrast accents to break dominants and secondaries. Use Adobe color to create and visualize your desired color palette.

The 80-20 Color Rule

Spaces that follow 80-20 percent rule use neutral colors for 80% of the space,these neutrals form a backdrop from which vivid colors sit at 20%. Neutrals contrast with vivid colors to create an outstanding pop that would naturally not sit well with other harmonies.

The rule is not reserved for colors, it often used to blend styles, texture, and patterns. The modern and traditional effect is created in one room, with the more prominent theme popping.

When painting use one neutral for wall & ceiling and another for the floor. Use a deeper neutral for the furniture,but you can always choose one chair to be an accent. Finally, together with the accent chair use pillows, rugs, and painting to create the pop. Area rugs can take the furniture shade while furniture fabric and accent blankets take the accents vivid colors.