Room by Room: How to Choose Colors for Your Home

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While it’s true that color choice for décor is reflective of individual taste and style, there are some general guidelines designers use for choosing and combining colors.  Color gives a home personality and the color choices of your home’s walls, furnishings, draperies, and other fabrics will tie your color scheme together to provide your home’s signature decorative style.

Color in the Living Room

When considering color in the living room it might be best to begin simply: light colors or dark?  The size of the room can influence this choice.  A large room can be made cozier by opting for darker hues while a small room can be made to feel more spacious with light colors.  Other homeowners might consider colors associated with the era the home was built in.  Some decorators find their color palette from a patterned element like a carpet or even a special painting and then assign its colors to other room elements like walls, fabrics for furniture, and even the draperies and curtains Perth.

Color in the Kitchen and Dining Room

According to some designers, it’s a good idea to choose colors based on major features of the kitchen like the cabinets or even the floor.  Of course, if you’re designing from scratch, choose a color palette that is pleasing since, like many homeowners, you’re apt to spend a lot of time in this generally busy room of the house.  Your color choices can reflect the overall mood of the space; whether you choose a bold or neutral palette, you can stick to a single color family to avoid clashing or garish color choices.  Once you choose your wall color, you can choose complementing colors for curtains or blinds, wall art, and even seat cushions and placemats.

If your dining room is an extension of the kitchen or a family room, you can try to achieve a blended look using colors.  If the room is enclosed, consider the mood you want to set as well as lighting.  Moreover, consider whether you want a formal or informal decorative plan—some colors can enhance this mood.

Color in the Bathroom

You can reflect a soothing spa-like ambience in the bathroom or reflect some other tell-tale style with color choice.  Natural and light hues are often chosen to exact an air of tranquility in the bathroom.  Colors like white, turquoise, and light greens can make a bathroom feel airy and peaceful.  On the other hand, your bathroom can also reflect the overall style of your home’s décor or a particular era.  Bathrooms off master bedrooms, on the other hand, might take their color scheme from the bedroom’s decorative plan.


Bedroom colors are often highly individual choices unless it’s the guest room décor which might simply be fashioned after a neutral palette.  Master bedrooms might be decorated with romantic shades like burgundy or peach or with relaxing shades like blues or greens.  To achieve a rustic look, opt for natural colors and incorporate natural materials like wood or bamboo blinds and a wood floor.  If you like to change the décor of your room frequently, opt for a neutral wall color and simply change the bedding and curtains when you feel like a new decorative scheme.

Color choice is a major decorative consideration.  Take time to pair colors and, perhaps, talk to someone in the paint or design business that can help you understand why certain shades pair well and why others do not.

William Dawson has successfully renovated and sold several homes in his lifetime. He likes to help others by sharing his know-how on home design and decorating websites.