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

Paint Color Pairings: 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.

For Good Color Combinations, Look Around

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

Keep It Tone On Tone

If you’re feeling really unsure about what room color schemes you like, here’s a foolproof tip. Stick to different versions of the same color. A great example of this are the color ranges on a paint swatch, look at how the progress from light to dark. Pulling colors that are essentially lighter or darker versions of one another looks pulled together and sophisticated while being a no-brainer. It lends a very cohesive feel to your whole home, so transitions and see through between rooms feels put together.

Complementary Paint Color Combinations make for the perfect room color schemes

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Find the Complementary Color

Remember the color wheel? Remember how the color directly across on the color wheel was called a complementary color? These color tones play off one another so nicely, but don’t take the color pairings too literally. Tones of these basic colors 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.

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Dirty Martini - a light olive green paint color by Clare

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For those who like it shaken or stirred. This cloudy olive green classic makes a sophisticated statement in any room.
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Stay In the Same Temperature

Interior color schemes, like individual colors have temperatures. Paints that have warm undertones, like pinks or reds are considered warm. Paints with blue or green undertones are cool. 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 brown with a spicy orange.

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