tips for choosing color for your home

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Choosing colors for your home can feel overwhelming because the options are endless! You may feel equally drawn to completely different color stories or unsure of how much color you can handle in your environment. Maybe you want to paint your walls but don't know where to go from there. Maybe you rent and have certain restrictions you need to work with. Here are a few things I've learned along the way about how to settle on colors for your home.

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Tip 1. Saturate your mind with images of interiors and color stories you feel excited about.

Pinterest is an excellent resource for organizing images you find online because it allows you to see all of your images in one place. You can then start looking for any patterns you see within your categories. Do all of your interior images have bright white walls with colorful accessories or are they toned down and moody? What colors do all of your images have in common? Are the colors appearing in small amounts or are your interior images saturated with them?

Once you've collected enough images and had time to analyze them, you'll pick up on the trends and patterns that you're drawn to and can then think about how to incorporate those into your own home.

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Tip 2. Break up lots of color with neutrals.

If you have white walls, you may want to experiment with bold art and bright curtains. If all of your living room furniture is upholstered in colorful patterns and prints, you may want to stick with a solid color rug and pillows. Neutrals give your eye a place to land and help balance out a colorful room.

Examples of neutrals are natural wooden elements such as the dining room chairs and clipboards above. They allow your attention to focus on the colorful elements rather than create distractions.

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Tip 3. Repeat your colors throughout your room.

Repeating colors throughout a room, or even your entire household, creates a stronger design. In the room above I repeated the light blue by painting a vintage frame and old wooden bench. I also repeated the pink from the bedspread in the throw pillow and pink poster.  The black houndstooth pattern in the second bedspread is repeated in a smaller pattern on the upholstered seat of the wooden chair in the corner and helps break up all of the color a bit.

Since all of the colors in our bedroom compliment each other, I can easily rearrange or add elements in similar tones when I want to change things up a bit.  I can also use the bench or upholstered chair in other parts of my house because I've got a similar color story in almost every room.

In conclusion, look for patterns in the things you're inspired by, break up color with neutrals, and repeat your colors throughout as you decorate. Most of all, don't be scared to commit to color in your space. It's one of the best ways to make your space uniquely yours! xo, Rachel

  • Funny you should bring up the Pinterest use. I was thinking exactly the same thing since I have decided to go in a whole different direction for decorating my house. I think for about 40 years now I have always gone for color on the walls and now I am thinking of actually going white and using the color on the accessories instead. The question, however, has been which colors. I love color and am drawn to many so I thought I would use the pictures on my Pinterest boards to help me.

  • Thanks for the tips, this is very helpful because I am planning of repainting my room to make it more pleasing.

  • Thanks for the tips. I would like to choose a light color for my house. I don’t like dark colors. @author, Thanks for the post.

  • Outstanding! Love it. You truly are the best decorator ever and always inspire me.Thanks Lisa

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  • I love this! Several days expecting, it can be challenging to get into character but I discover it a fun obstacle when I am at house. I consistently have get into character classes and re-think all the strategy in my cabinet.

  • Excellent tips shared by you here regarding home color. I confuse every time when I choose the color for my home. But your tips is very useful to me. Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

  • I love that your blog has home decor posts too 🙂
    My favorite color right now is mint and I use it at home too 🙂

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  • Very useful tips. I’ve followed them unconsciously.

  • I love the clipboards on the wall. My daughter would be so excited to have so many changeable “frames” on her wall.

    – Meredith

    www.findingsoulbalance.blogspot.com

  • Thank you so much for this* I’ve transformed my living room into Camera heaven with my Grandfathers vintage cameras. I also have my Grandmothers 1960’s dress hanging up with a color scheme which goes with this foto creation of some pix of myself with my Cat*♥ Thank you* xoxo~

  • Love it!! I just did the same clipboard thing in my laundry room and I am IN LOVE!!

  • This is super helpful – I am so compulsive when choosing colors. Thanks Elsie!

    xo Lizzy

    www.lizzypancakes.blogspot.com

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  • Thanks for the tip. I’ve been considering painting my room, but a choice of color’s been giving me headaches. Great advice.

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  • Wow, Rachel, I love these pictures! And the clipboard idea is so cute – I’m really inspired by it.

    Victoria x
    thriftersoftheworldunite.com

  • i love working on my house! thank you for all these tips. Rachel has such a pretty style! 🙂

  • You know what? That’s exactly what I do when it comes to my wardrobe! I collect pictures and clippings from magazines of outfits or items I like. Then I analyze them, and look for patterns. I mix eyecatchers with neutral pieces that are timeless. And I try to go for a signature look, something to tie it all together.
    So really useful tips that can be applied to many things. Thanx.

  • these are great tips! especially since i’m just starting to redo my bedroom.

    thanks!

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  • great tips! it’s often difficult to stay focused on a theme when decorating from scratch. i wanted to do something similar in my kitchen to the first picture. i went a different direction but now i wish i had stuck to my first choice! haha awesome post!

    love
    kelly

    www.paperdolltheory.com

  • This is wonderful advice, thank you! I can’t wait until I have a house of my own to make so cute.

    Also, I love the clipboards in your dining room. What a great way to always be pinning up changing inspirations!

  • Great tips and pictures! I recently moved from a beautiful 1930’s apartment (with ‘character’) to a condo in downtown (no ‘character’). I find it hard to think of any decorations in this new home, because my previous apartment was really ‘me’ with antique furniture, lovely brocante and beautiful colors. This apartment is so plain and always reminds me of an empty hotel room. I have tried to get inspiration from Pinterest, but due to the restrictions from my land lord I can’t really do much with that inspiration. Sigh!

    Collar Me Beautiful

  • Love your blog! love this post. the dishes in the first photo of this post are my favorite colors! Thanks for being so fabulous!

  • Great advice. My family is renting right now. It’s sooo exhausting trying to figure out how to make the place ours while still working within what we can and can’t do with the place!

  • I need to remember to break up my colors with neutrals – my apartment usually ends up looking like a crayon box 🙂

  • This was such an awesome and helpful post! Thanks for the tips–you have the best taste!
    XO
    Jackie

  • Great post Rachel! I love it. Fortunately for me I already know my colors for my home, but this is still a very nice and useful post to read 🙂

  • Love the styling of the first photo! Great tips but not surprising Rachel, your house always looks amazing!!

    Cathy
    Turquoise Flamingo
    www.turquoiseflamingo.com

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  • I love these tips! I will definitely implement them into my decorating process! We move every year so it is hard to get really into it, but great advice!

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  • awesome! thanks for the tips Rachel, i just moved and need help setting up my new living room. i also need to paint our bedrooms and that’s where im stuck. don’t know where to begin with the kiddo room since they share and its a boy and a girl. thanks!!

  • Love the clip board idea for notes and pictures! I have pinned lots of ideas for my home on Pinterest, such a great source 🙂

  • It’s way hard to choose when you are a colour lover! Great tips 🙂

  • Thanks for this! I will be moving into a new home soon and I am already wrecking my brain about how to decorate/paint/spruce up my future house 🙂

  • I am ADDICTED to Pinterest, though I find I look at things more than I pin, so at least i’m a discerning addict?

  • Great tips! I rent, so all walls are white, but I find this actually really useful in breaking up lots of colour!

  • It’s true: neutrals let you go a bit crazy with colour.

    –Jaclyn T
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  • really helpful and useful advice. i’m always trying to think about the best ways to tie things together in my house.

  • Still love that first photo! Thanks for the tips. I need all the advice i can get……

  • Thanks so much for this Rachel – it was a big help.

    I’m moving house on Saturday to a new place that is entirely white, except for a kitchen with red walls and black cabinetry! It kind of throws out my plans for the place (wanted to use turquoise as a highlight colour), how would you suggest I work with such a strong coloured kitchen?

  • Great ideas for choosing color. I’m feeling the need to spruce some things up…might have to revamp some colors while I’m at it 🙂

    Rhoda
    http://www.rhodadesignstudio.blogspot.com

  • Love your style!! Thanks for sharing your tips! Love the 1st pic full of color!!

  • Great tips Rachel!! I absolutely LOVE your home tours, and am totally inspired by your style! I’m still trying to commit to colors for my house. So I will def keep your tips in mind! 🙂 Thanks!

  • Totally useful tips, and so timely too…I’ve been thinking about decorating since we just bought a house.

  • Great tips and a beautiful home, Rachel!
    I must say though- I do wish we get to see more of Elsie’s house. She’s mentioned her newlywed home, but I don’t think we’ve seen much of it. Hint hint. :o)

  • Wow, one of the best blog posts I’ve seen in awhile. So helpful, really great quality!


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  • I love the photo for tip #1! Very cute decor = )

    -meesch
    http://www.aperfectkindofday.com

  • Let me just say that I LOVE seeing home decor posts on your blog! I would personally love to see more interior shots from your own home:)

    Love,
    Stephanie May*

    http://www.maydae.com

  • Your place looks beautiful! I love the black and white coverlet on your bed, mixed with the other colours.

    Loulou Downtown

  • These are great advice! I needed those, it’s hard setting up a new home as newlyweds!
    Xo
    http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/

  • Fantastic tips! Love the twigs in the vases!

    I’m in the middle of redecorating our rv before we move into it for a year. I went back and forth on the wall color and decided on a neutral since I chose bright colors for the couch and dinette. On the opposite I went with a bright green and neutral cabinets. I hope it ends up looking ok!

    BTW I had the same green and cream colored curtains that are in the first picture in my old house!

  • love this. Throughout our common rooms, we’ve got a primary color scheme, which I fought and tried to correct for a time. But I really, really love it, and I think we’ve managed to do without making it super obvious. As I continue to scrutinize, I’ll definitely be using these tips!

  • I’d never considered how handy it would be to have a similar color palette in each room, especially when company comes and extra seating in the living room is a necessity! Thanks for the great tips!

  • Amazing tips, Rachel!

    I’m working on a home tour post right now, so this is perfectly timed advice!

    xx.

  • Thank youuuuu! How did you know I’m pondering over the colour dilemma right about now? Not for the home, but the office, though close enough. Thanks for suggesting Pinterest, too. Now I’m off to spending a few hours on this site…

  • I am loving these tips. Rachel, you are the best at using color in your home!!

  • How lovely! I have fallen in love with Caribbean blue because I bought some Le Crueset things in that color and I’m trying to incorporate throughout the kitchen that we are remodeling! This post was helpful in reminding me that I’m on the right track. LOVE that red in your photos.

    Kacie

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