Color coordinating a room can be a very intimidating process. The color scheme you choose for your room dictates the mood, atmosphere, and the personal statement you create in your design. With that in mind, choosing palette may seem to be a huge task. By keeping a few tips in mind, you will see that putting together a color-coordinated room is not so difficult after all, and you will love seeing your favorite shades come together in a perfectly designed room.
Choose a Base
The best place to start is with your base color. The easiest way to pick the color around which you will design the rest of your room is to choose the objects that will stand out most in the room. Perhaps a painting on the wall, an expensive rug, or a bold vase will be the focus of the space. Once you choose your base color, remember that you don’t need to make everything match that object. It’s a starting point, not a rule. You don’t want to end up with a sea of the same color. If, for example, your accent object is a vibrant blue sculpture, neutral walls and light window treatments would work very well.
On the note of not making everything the same color, you need to familiarize yourself with corresponding and contrasting colors. Corresponding colors add layers of hue to the room. Red corresponds with warm colors like orange, yellow, and brown. Purple corresponds with cool colors and jewel tones like blue and green. Try to balance out bold tones with subdued hues.
Too much of the same is boring and can be somewhat uncomfortable in a room, so using different shades and colors in the same family will give your design a much more complex and well thought-out feel. The various shades are also calming. This applies to all schemes, even if you have the most neutral of rooms. No one has the same shade of beige on every item in the room.
Contrasting, or complementary colors, are also great to use in design. It may seem counter-intuitive to combine colors that directly oppose each other on the color wheel, but they in fact make each color more vibrant in their contrasting nature. Blue throw pillows look great with orange throw pillows. A purple painting on the wall will be made that much more noticeable by soft yellow window shades.
Using contrasting colors creates a much more noticeable, energetic, and even funky vibe, so be careful when applying this tactic. Contrast things like pillows and shades but don’t put a bright red accent wall next to a deep green wall. If you want to go all the way and create a luxurious room covered in deep purple and golds, do so very intentionally and carefully. When going bold, always fall back a neutral background, like a deep espresso carpet or plain, dark window treatments. These neutral elements keep your design from becoming tacky in its repetition.
Tying Elements Together
The key to pulling a room together is starting with one element then considering the entire room with each new element. If you start with a red couch, consider that couch when you hang a piece of art on the wall — then consider the art and the couch when picking out window treatments.
Windows are often overlooked in design schemes, but they are an incredibly important piece of color coordination. Wood blinds bring an earthy feel to neutral tones and warm colors. Cellular shades come in every color and control the light perfectly for more vibrant or neutral schemes. Roman shades are a great way to add a splash of pattern to a neutral room.
Every color scheme is unique, so try to stay true to your personal preferences when putting the room together. HGTV’s former Design on a Dime host Kristan Cunningham offers this advice: “Find materials and imagery that are inherently comforting to you and are historically familiar as well … Look through many designs to find the perfect one that speaks to you.” In other words, your home is about you and your heritage, the way you feel, and the environment you desire. Stick with what you love, and you won’t go wrong.