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Pick Your Palette: 5 Tips for Choosing a Color Scheme

Choosing the right paint color for a room definitely isn’t easy, but it’s only half the battle! The rest of the decorating decisions come down to one major detail: the color palette. This decision will affect just about everything else in a room, from the floors to the ceiling.

It’s a big decision, but there’s no need to be overwhelmed! Here are some quick tips to help you choose the right color scheme for any reason:

1. Check Your Closet

You probably purchase clothes in the colors that you like, so apply that same logic to your home. Peer into your closet and see what color schemes are dominate in your wardrobe. Over time, you may have created several color palettes without even realizing it! This practice will also give you a sense of which colors to stay away from, too. For example, if you seem to have developed an aversion to powder blue, chances are you should avoid that color in your home, too.

2. Pick the Dominant Color

First step: Fall in love with a pattern on a piece of fabric. Second step: Emulate that color palette in your house. To do this, start with the most dominate color in the pattern. You want this to be the most dominant color in your room, too. So, if you see dark blue throughout most of the fabric, make it the most frequently used color in your space. Tip: This works especially well when choosing colors for a couch, drapes and an area rug.

3. Use the 60-30-10 Rule

This rule is a tried-and-true formula from interior design experts: 60 percent of the room should be a dominant color, 30 percent of the room should be a secondary color and 10 percent should be the accent color. Look at the color palette you want to use, and then choose which colors should fall under these categories.

4. Go Lighter as You Go Higher

No matter what colors you choose, decorate your space from dark to light, vertically. If you are decorating your ceiling, think of the classic color wheel and go one shade lighter than the wall color. This will help the room feel larger by keeping minimal color contrast between the walls and the ceiling.

5. Don’t Lose Your Style 

The famous interior designer Billy Baldwin once said, “Stick to the things you really love. An honest room is always up to date.” Baldwin meant that if you stay true to your personal style when you’re decorating, you won’t go wrong. Tip: If you need a little more inspiration to get started, check out these words of wisdom from design gurus. 

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