color-scheme-mainHow to Choose Colors You’ll Love
With an almost infinite roster of color options, it can be a challenge to winnow down a palette to the right hues. Learn how to develop your eye for color and pick out the best colors for your decorating with these designer tips.


color01Take Colors from a Rug

A rug is the foundation for a room. Draw from colors featured in a pattern rug to create a cohesive look. Editor’s Tip: To add more dimension to your color scheme, incorporate different textures.

color02Pick Your Favorite

You are sure to love your room if you choose your favorite color to be the base of the scheme as in this orange and blue bedroom. Editor’s Tip: Balance bold hues with white, off-white, or one harmonizing shade through the accents and secondary elements.

color03Stick with a Classic

Blue and white, green and blue, red and brown — you can’t go wrong when you stick to classic combos like this blue-and-yellow cottage living room. Editor’s Tip: To jazz up a classic combo accessorize with punchy accents.

color04Dress Your Windows

Use window treatment fabric to set a color scheme in your room. Draw from the fabric’s main hues, then distribute those hues throughout the room with pieces of furniture and accessories. Editor’s Tip: Try to incorporate similar colors through your furniture. For example, the yellow from the Roman shades appears on the dining chairs.

color09Use an Accessory

Charming vases, frames, and other accessories offer inspiration in their lively hues — such as this display of green picture frames. The pretty Kelly green of the frames inspired the rest of the home’s color scheme. Editor’s Tip: Be sure your accessories are showcased prominently in the room to support the scheme.

color10Set the Atmosphere

Pick hues based on the way you want to feel when you walk into the room. Editor’s Tip: Make a list of the words you want associated with this room, then pair those words with colors that come to mind to create the perfect scheme.

color06Draw from a Pillow

Pick shades from a color-filled pillow just like this one. To make the pillow the feature piece in the room, choose a light tone for the wall color, such as soft salmon pink in this case. Editor’s Tip: Relying on color
combos featured in window treatments, pillows, or upholstered furniture is a sure bet for a good scheme.

color08Look in Your Closet

Love the look of your favorite outfit? Translate it into a room. Start with the color scheme, then accessorize with items that radiate the style of your clothes. Editor’s Tip: Bring pieces of the outfit with you as you shop for the accessories in the room. You never know what you might find.