9 Tips on Choosing a Color Palette for Your Home ...


Choosing a color palette for your home can be a tedious job and one that many of us avoid.

Sometimes, we are too afraid to pick any color and wind up in a 50 shades of beige horror (yes, I went there).

Or, we pick way too much color and end up having decor that looks more fitting for a clown's home.

There have been times where I am completely guilty of both, but thankfully, there are designers who are much wiser than us when it comes to home decor.2

These are a few of the tips they give when choosing a color palette for your home.

1. Look to Your Wardrobe

This is the greatest bit of advice I have ever found for choosing a color palette of your home.

The great Emily Henderson recommends looking to your wardrobe for inspiration and picking the main color of your room/house from the most prominent color that you wear.

This is genius.

We tend to pick colors we love that also look great on us when we choose clothing.2

2. Go for What You Look Good in

One time, in my younger and less wise years, I chose a beautiful taupe color for the paint and base color of my office.

We hired a painter, paid him, and I hated it.

Taupe is one of the worst looking colors on me, ever.

It turned out that my office made my skin look pale and dead and made me feel gross.

No one wants that from their home.

To avoid it, only pick colors that look good with your skin tone.

I have even gone as far as holding the swatches to my skin- it works and I now love my Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore walls.

3. Accent It

If you are afraid of color, like me, but get bored with monotone or hate beige (also me), then keep your overall color palette simple except for one pop.2

This pop of color will keep things fun and can be changed out more easily than a couch or the walls since it is only in the accessories.

When choosing an accent color, pick something that you love and something that is opposite your main color.

For example, my office is now gray with navy blue and white but the pop is pink.

Pink is opposite blue on the color wheel, so it makes things fun, but can easily be changed out if I ever grow to hate it.

Which I may.

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