Shine the spotlight on your favorite color by filling a small space, like a bathroom, with just that hue. Here, designer Judith Balis created a cheery master bathroom featuring the preppy color Kelly green.
Balanced with white walls and floors, the saturated shade is eye-catching but not overpowering.
Most people buy clothes in colors they like to wear and they look good in. Similarly, you should dress your rooms in colors that flatter you. If denim is your go-to, consider a navy sofa or if you look (and feel!) perkiest in bright yellows, try mixing in a few citrusy accents with pillows or accessories.
If you have a small room in your house, don’t paint it white to make it seem bigger. Instead, give it more oomph with a look-at-me color choice. Let your big rooms expand with light, and your small rooms envelop you.
Limiting your palette to just three colors is a can’t-miss strategy in any space. In this cheery bedroom, saturated shades of sunny yellow, navy blue and grass green feel fresh, preppy and always on-trend.
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Online tools that help you choose interior colors come from many different sources, but most can be grouped into two categories: color generators and color viewers or visualizer tools. Color generators are most helpful with identifying colors and color palettes, using your inputs and preferences. For example, you can upload a photo, and the tool will scan it and tell you what colors are in it. Color viewers and visualizer tools typically provide their own selected colors as suggestions. They may show you preselected color schemes or let you apply their colors to an uploaded photo of your own interior to see how they might look on your walls.
Thanks to this handy guide, you’ll be able to identify the right hue for any paint job.
Specifically, the living room, dining room and entry way. Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme. For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.
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Many online color generators were originally developed to help website designers choose appealing color schemes for their pages, but these easy-to-use tools can work just as well for home decorators. Some let you choose colors from a color wheel. Others allow you to upload a photo or other image to develop your own color schemes. This is a really fun and cool feature that makes it easy to explore color schemes found in nature or to figure out what a designer used in any decorated room that you love.
And the best thing about all online color tools? You don’t have to mix any paint!
“When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories),” advises desginer Mark McCauley.
“Works every time!” he says. “This ratio ensures that the colors are properly balanced and there’s just enought pop for interest.”
Designer Brian Dittmar proves that neutrals need never be boring in this chic bedroom that pairs cool gray with warm honey-colored shades. While the overall effect is restful, contrasting these two opposites creates just enough tension to wake up the otherwise sleepy space.
Designer Mark McCauley advises adding a bit of black in every room. “The black clarifies the rest of the room’s colors,” he says. For a small pop, try a black lampshade or a black vase; for bigger impact, paint your kitchen’s base cabinets in the high-drama hue.
If you’ve got patterned upholstery, a colorful rug or large piece of artwork, pluck colors you like from the pattern. For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges.
If only choosing a color palette for your interiors was that easy. Well …. actually, it is! Our palette-perfecting tips explain the color rules that designers follow and make it a snap to put them to work in your home.
So, buy some paint samples, paint them on the wall, and see how they look throughout the day and night. Don’t just paint boards and hang them on the wall because boards don’t have the same texture—another thing that reflects light. Also, try to get samples in the same sheen (eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, etc.) that you’ll use for the final painting, as sheen has a big impact on color quality.
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Always chic, black + white is one dynamic duo that never goes out of style. Here, designer Tobi Fairley proves that the two colors, accented by just a bit of metallic gold, are all you need to create a compelling color story.
Put today’s trendiest neutral, gray, to work in any style interior. Gray’s chameleon-like quality allows the color to appear either warm or cool and pair beautifully with both pastels or kicky colors like hot pink, Kelly green or citrusy shades.
In general, analogous color schemes — colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green — are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is a good strategy for a bedroom, where you want to rest and recover.
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A real “cookbook” way to make any space look good without much risk, says designer Mark McCauley, is to use darker color values for the floor, medium color values for the walls and light values for the ceiling.
“Any interior space replicates the outside world,” he says. “The exterior environment is generally darker below our feet (the earth itself), medium-valued as you look straight ahead (buildings/trees) and lighter skyward.
If you decorate honestly, other people will appreciate it because it’s you, even if they’d never decorate their own house in the same way. That means if you want to make every room in your house red, white and blue, go for it.
You can make any color look good as long as it truly suits your personal style.
Color palettes and designer-crafted schemes are based on sound color theory and are an excellent starting point for choosing your interior colors, but the true test of colors happens on your walls. Color is, literally, a reflection of light, and it’s impossible for any photo to replicate the natural and artificial light in your interior space.
When it comes to interior design, computers are not just for decorators. There are many online tools that can help amateur decorators choose colors, develop interior color schemes, and even design entire rooms.
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These tools were developed to let you play with paint colors and visualize what a color scheme may look like in your room. Depending upon your browser, some may work a little better than others. Have fun playing!
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