Interior designer and color expert Jennifer Ott walks us through how to choose a color palette for your home.
Selecting paint colors for the inside of your home can be one of the most daunting home design tasks to take on. This is because you have an almost limitless selection of colors to choose from, it can be tough trying to decide on the perfect hue. Another common challenge with picking paint colors is that, in our desire to select interesting or unusual hues, we often end up with colors that are “off” or downright garish. This doesn’t mean you should just give up and play it safe with white, however. Here are some simple tips for picking colors for your home.
Find inspiration around you. So with the numerous options available for paint color, how do you even begin the task of picking a color or colors? I recommend heading straight to your closet and taking stock of the color palette of your clothes. Scarves and bathing suits in particular come in fun colors and are therefore useful for determining one’s color preferences. Favorite works of art are another good source for clueing you in on colors you love. Those with boards on Pinterest can check for a common color among items pinned.
Keep in mind that “neutral” doesn’t have to mean light. A deep dark blue hue such as navy or indigo works well with many other colors — from all other neutrals, to more vibrant hues such as chartreuse, turquoise, or red raspberry.
Another trick for a colorful yet harmonious interior is to select colors that are complementary to one another on the color wheel (blue and orange, green and red, or purple and yellow) but, for one of those hues, go with a darker or bolder color, and for the other one, go lighter or muted. This will give you fun, interesting color in a room while keeping it tasteful.
In the end, you should select colors that you love, regardless of the latest trends. Be open and on the lookout for color inspiration that is all around you and you will likely find your winning hue.