Designer-approved paint color palette ideas to help you find the best color combinations for your home.

How to Choose the Best Color Combinations For Your Home

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Choosing a paint color scheme for your home should be fun, not stressful. While our peel and stick paint swatches ensure you end up with the right shade, there are a few other tips for deciding on the best color combinations for your home. Color is so important—it has the power to change the mood in the room, it can be restful and cozy, or loud and energizing. Our founder, Nicole Gibbons, explains a few designer-approved color palette ideas to help you figure out which complementary paint colors to use in your space:

Look to nature to help determine what paint schemes and colors look good together.
Nairobi Blue - a light blue paint color by Clare

Nairobi Blue

Nairobi, from the Maasai phrase “Enkare Nyrobi,” translates to “cool water.” This fresh, light blue definitely reminds us of cool waters, cloudless skies, and a magical red carpet moment that put this heavenly blue hue in the spotlight.

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Good Color Combinations are Everywhere

Color is everywhere, so you’ve already chosen or gravitated to colors and patterns that you love—just maybe not in the way you think. Your clothes, favorite pieces of artwork, or even nature can help show you what paint schemes look good together. Find a piece you love that’s full of color, or even full of different neutral hues, and then pull colors you love from it. That way you already know they look amazing together and you can feel more comfortable mimicking those combinations in your home.

Tone on tone paint colors make for a foolproof room color scheme
Neutral Territory - a light beige - neutral paint color by Clare

Neutral Territory

This sandy beige asserts itself without having to say a lot. Lighter than Turbinado, deeper than No Filter, and with subtle red undertones, it’s neutral, natural, and nice for any space.

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When in Doubt, Opt for Monochromatic Paint Schemes

If you’re feeling really unsure about what room color schemes you like, opt for a monochromatic palette which is virtually foolproof. A scheme featuring different variations of the same color always feels sophisticated and pulled together. Plus, monochromatic paint schemes are guaranteed to coordinate and ensures that transitions between rooms areé seamless and cohesive.

Complementary Paint Color Combinations make for the perfect room color schemes
Current Mood - a dark green paint color by Clare

Current Mood

For those who aren’t afraid to bring the drama. A mysterious, moody green that’s intense and alluring all at once.

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Look to Opposites for Color Palette Ideas

Remember the color wheel? Remember how the color directly across on the color wheel was called a complementary color? These opposite color tones play off one another so nicely, but don’t take these primary color pairings too literally. Variations of these basic hues tend to look better together, so a mossy green paired with purple accents or blues with a red or coral color. The opposites help balance each other out.

Headspace - a light blue-green paint color by Clare


A universal favorite, this soft and airy blue-green hue brings a sense of calm to any space.

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Pop - a light, bright coral - pink paint color by Clare


If this color was a person, you’d want them at your party. Playful, punchy, coral-y. A vibrant pop of color that adds to any space.

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Keep Color Temperatures Consistent

Interior color schemes, like individual colors have temperatures. Colors such as yellow, red or pink are considered warm as they are reminiscent of warm things like sunlight or fire, and tend to make a space feel cozy. Colors such as blue or green have cool undertones and are reminiscent of cool things such as the water or a breezy sky and tend to make a space feel airy and fresh. Grouping colors that are the same temperature together always creates a nice balance. So greens and blues look beautiful paired together, same thing with warm colors like a rich yellow with a warm brown.

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