Every home has what’s known as a color palette or a color story. This is the mix of colors that flows through the home, leading you from room to room. Ideally, a good palette should be cohesive and blend well so that each room feels like it is part of the same home, and doesn’t stand out. If you’re starting from scratch and wondering how to come up with a color palette for your home, you have several different ways to go about finding one.
Depending on what type of home you have, it may have a built in color palette that you just aren’t aware of yet. Victorian, Craftsman, or Colonial, every home style comes with a set of colors that the original architects and designers envisioned would work in these spaces. For example Victorian homes have what is known as a “somber” palette; all the colors were mixed with a little black to tone them down. Craftsman homes, on the other hand, took their inspiration from nature, using colors found just outside the home such as pine green or sky blue.
If you research your home’s style, you may find some palettes that can provide you with inspiration for what will work on your walls.
Interior Design Palette
If you have a specific interior design style that you are working toward, you may find that you have a built in palette here as well. For example, if you enjoy Country style you’ll find plenty of reds, white, blue, and yellow to work with, while Tuscan style pulls colors from the hills of Tuscany – lots of terracotta, pumpkin, sage green, and sky blue. Choosing a style to decorate your home in provides you with a lot of color inspiration, and helps pull everything together so it flows.
Use a Piece of Art or Home Décor
If you’re truly stuck for inspiration, try taking a look at a piece of artwork or a colorful rug you already have in the home. Look at the colors inside, and use them as a jumping off point for the décor around you. As long as the colors flow together well, the design will follow.