Four Fresh Color Schemes for Your Home

Four Fresh Color Schemes for Your Home
Written by Alyssia Walmsley

Thousands of color chips can make choosing color schemes for your home a daunting task. While finding a base color you like may come easily, knowing what to pair it with can be confusing. The most basic rule of color design is to follow a 60-30-10 distribution pattern. That is, 60% dominant color, 30% secondary color, and 10% accent color. Your dominant color will generally be walls, and potentially flooring in areas like kitchens and baths. You secondary color is you upholstered furniture, curtains, and other textiles, and the accent color comes into play with accessories. Following are four home-run color schemes for your next remodeling project.

Purple, Cream, and Silver

Purple, cream and silver is a sophisticated feminine look ideal for bathrooms and bedrooms or any other room that could use a woman’s touch. The purple you choose is interchangeable here, try plum for a bold statement or dusty lavender for a calmer feeling. Silver accessories add glamour to a purple and cream space, and furniture or wood floors in espresso stains integrate beautifully.

Best Choice Dominant Color: Sherwin Williams #6025 – Socialite

Grey, Black and Blue

Grey walls with black upholstery and bright blue accents create a subdued modern aesthetic perfect for large spaces with expanses of wall that might look overwhelming in a bolder color scheme. To brighten space try yellow as a bright secondary accent color, but use sparingly (a little yellow goes a long way).

Best Choice Dominant Color: Valspar #4008-1A – Bay Waves

Lime Green, Black, and White

Lime green done right is energizing and playful, an excellent choice for a children’s room or kitchen. Black and white graphic prints play beautifully against lime green walls. This is one color scheme to break the color distribution rules, try 50-25-25 to keep the green in check.

Best Choice Dominant Color: Behr #S-G-410 – Green Crush

Sage, Oatmeal, and Chocolate

This color scheme feels calming and organic and is at home in any room you choose. Be sure the room receives plenty of natural light and choose your sage carefully to avoid a drab look. Take the organic feeling one step further with linen upholstery and rattan furniture, or deck the walls with simple botanical prints.

Best choice Dominant Color: Benjamin Moore #2147-40 – Dill Pickle

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About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, Blubbr, she likes adventures and chocolate sprinkles.

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