How to Choose the Best Color Combinations For Your Home

Palette play 101.

Find the best color combinations for your home with these designer-approved paint color palette ideas that will inspire the perfect paint scheme.

Choosing the best color combinations 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. Ahead, our founder, Nicole Gibbons, shares some really good color combinations to help you figure out the best color combinations to use in your space:

 Look to nature to help determine what paint schemes and colors look good together.

Colors L-R: Nairobi Blue Deep Dive / Avocado Toast

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

Colors L-R: Neutral Territory / Beigeing / Flatiron

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

Colors L-R: Rose Season / Current Mood / Wing It

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.

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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