Creating a color palette for your home is an easy way to prevent room colors from clashing. A color palette also helps everything look right.
My husband Aaron and I bought our first house years after we had both lived in apartments. Every apartment had the same boring off-white walls.
We longed for color.
So when we finally owned our own home, we went a little crazy with the wall colors.
Granted, this was right after the eclectic styles from TLC’s Trading Spaces were all the rage.
We ended up choosing:
- Ruby Red for our family room,
- Violet for our office,
- Persimmon (a corally orange) for our guest room, and
- Bright turquoise for our bedroom.
We rounded out the colors with a deep grayish brown in our hall and a lighter grayish brown in our living room.
(Our house might sound large with all the different rooms, but it was a small three-bedroom split-level – we just didn’t have any children yet.)
The color choices were – to say the least – ridiculous.
Especially our bedroom. I tried for a beachy vibe with the turquoise walls, chocolate bedspread, lime accents and white curtains – but it wasn’t too relaxing.
We had picked a bunch of colors we liked, but they were completely random. All of the random colors just didn’t work together.
How did we do it?
With professional help.
But we didn’t hire a professional designer. We simply went to several paint stores and took samples of color palettes.
After deciding on a color palette we loved (Sherwin Williams’ Arts and Crafts color palette … I still love, love, love this) we chose colors we liked – then we chose what we wanted to paint each room.
Here’s what we chose:
- Living Room and Dining Room: Morris Room Grey
- Kitchen: Hubbard Squash
- Family Room: Buckram Binding
- School Room: Ruskin Room Green
- Son’s Bedroom: Bunglehouse Blue
- Daughter’s Bedroom: Roycroft Rose
- Master Bedroom: Rembrandt Ruby
We always get compliments on our wall colors (usually “everything looks so calming!”) and I like how everything looks right together.
By having someone else choose colors that work well together, my toughest decision is deciding what to use. That decision has become enjoyable, though, instead of stressful.
How do you like to pick a color palette for your home? What have been your own color mistakes and successes?
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