Designer Tricks for Picking the Perfect Color Palette

Updated: Dec 26, 2019

One of the most common issues that home owners face- is selecting color palettes for their homes. Many find the process overwhelming. As designers, we have a host of rules and skills that we use to create the perfect palette for you (it's also a service that we offer!). We recommend these following tips and tricks for selecting your color palette.

Decorate from Dark to Light: Vertically

Use darker color values for the floor, medium color values for the walls and light values for the ceiling. Any interior space replicates the outside world, the exterior environment is generally darker below our feet (earth), medium-valued as you look straight ahead (buildings/trees) and lighter skyward.

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. They work best in informal or private spaces.

Back to Black

Add a bit of black to every room. Black clarifies the rest of the rooms colors. Want a small impact? Bring black in lampshades or a vase. For a larger statement, paint your kitchen’s base cabinets in the high-drama hue.

Go with Grays

Put today’s trendiest neutral to work in any style interior. It’s chameleon-like quality allows the color to appear either warm or cool and pair beautifully with pastels or punchy colors. These neutral tones are a designers favorite because of their long-lasting versatility. Always make sure to swatch gray's on multiple walls, since they can turn pink or blue.

Use the 60-30-10 rule

When designing a space, divide the colors into components of 60% of a dominant color (walls), 30% of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10% of an accent color (accessories). This ratio ensures that colors are properly balanced and there’s just enough pop of interest.

Contrast Warm and Cool

Two opposites creates just enough tension to wake up a sleepy space. Balance cool gray tones with warm honey colors to create a restful look in a space.

Follow the Rule of Three

Limiting your palette to just three colors is a can’t miss strategy in any space.

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