How to Pick the Perfect Color Palette for Your House’s Rooms Like a Pro

Updated on May 31, 2019
profile image

Alison Brown is the brains behind Panel Wall Art and she loves home decorating and all things fine art.

Choosing blue and going with every shade that corresponds to the color may seem like an easy task. But if done seriously and truly, selecting a great color palette isn't quite that easy.

Have you ever wondered how interior designers do it?

It's not a carefully guarded secret that's only exclusive to the ones who are meant to practice the profession. You don't have to learn the complexities—just the basics. And here are a couple of color rules that designers swear by to make picking color palettes just a smidge easier.

Picking the Perfect Color Palette

Colors catch people's attention. It can be overt or subtle. And the colors you choose for a particular space can dictate the prevalent atmosphere that exists there for as long as the colors remain. For instance, in bedrooms, you'd want a relaxing atmosphere and an atmosphere that encourages appetite in a dining room.

The colors you choose can subtly manipulate a room's vibe. Plus, it's not bad to have rooms in the house that are aesthetically pleasing to look at and be in.

Reference the Color Wheel

The role of the color wheel in the basics of deciding which colors to use is integral. Maybe some of you can even recall how the color wheel was drilled into your knowledge vat a long time ago—when you were still in elementary school or even kindergarten.

We won't go to the point-to-point basis of color theory. But you need to keep the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors in mind. And in general, the color schemes that are next to each other on the color wheel like green and blue, make a good combination to have in a room.

Source

Employ the Use of Dark to Light

The world's best designers advise using darker color values for the floor, medium color values for the walls, and lighter colors for the ceiling.

Looking at it visually, you'll notice that it replicates the outside world. Notice how the ground beneath our feet is often darker than what you can see straight ahead, like trees and infrastructures, while the sky is light blue accented with white clouds.

This is a good technique for making the space look good without too much risk.

Source

Deriving the Color Scheme from the Biggest Pattern in the Current Space

If you're the type of person who has a thing for having patterned upholstery in a room, it's a good idea to derive your color scheme from the largest patterned object you have in the room.

For the most part, a large fixture in the room naturally drives the most attention, and basing your would-be color palette off of that (or starting from that) isn't such a bad idea.

Source

Consider the Neutrals

You can never go wrong with tastefully utilized neutrals for a room. Black, white, and gray are classic staples that can never get old.

Having a bit of black in the room can serve to clarify the other colors, helping them stand out more, according to the world's leading designers like Mark McCauley. Black can be used to create a big impact by having notable furniture in black (like your end tables and maybe even the kitchen cabinets).

Source

For a smaller scale distinguisher, you can make do with black vases—or even a lampshade or some other object that's starkly black.

Source

Another way of incorporating neutrals is to go with the use of grays. Perhaps this generation's trendiest neutral to use, gray has this chameleon-like quality that lets it appear cool or warm depending on what it's paired with.

Source

And of course, you can never go wrong with the timeless and chic pairing that is black and white—a dynamic duo and a classic combo. It never goes out of style.

Accented by metallic shades or warm and cool colors, your room can tell a unique story.

Source

Go Safe with Monochromatic Colors

Some people find too many colors distracting. And there are others who don't see the appeal in it. No shame if you're that type of person. After all, you can always shine the spotlight on your favorite color and express its entirety in varying shades across a room.

Balanced correctly with the right floors and white walls, these saturated shades of color can be lovely to look at while not coming off as too overpowering.

Source

The 60-30-10 Rule

Take this piece of advice from Mark McCauley. According to him, it "works every time!"

In decorating your interiors, proportion the colors into components of 60% dominant color in the walls, 30% secondary colors found in your furniture and upholstery, 10% accent colors on notable room objects.

The ratio makes sure that all your colors are appropriately balanced, and there will be enough color popping to draw interest to important parts of your interior design.

Source

The Rule of Three

As the basic of all basics, interior design experts advise you to limit your color palette to just three colors. It's a safe strategy that will never lead you astray.

Source

On a Final Note

Color schemes that are present in designing interiors come down to the choice of colors being implemented throughout a space. And these colors serve to influence how people like you experience a room. It creates moods, emphasizes particular styles, and cultivates a cohesive relationship between two totally unrelated things in one open area.

With the ingenious use of color, you can create a design with visual relationships no matter the room.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • profile imageAUTHOR

        Alison Brown 

        3 weeks ago from Deltona, Florida

        Hi Jeremy

        Glad you found it helpful :)

      • JeremyA profile image

        Jeremy Aron 

        3 weeks ago from CA, US

        Thanks, great tips!

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, dengarden.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://dengarden.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)