Adding color can seem overwhelming. If you add too much, it’s jarring and looks haphazard. Let’s not even talk about the money you spent and all of the returns! Too little of color and your room falls flat. Today, I’m going to breakdown the Top 4 Ways To Determine The Best Color Palette For Your Space!
Option 1: Use your favorite colors
This one is the most obvious and simplest to implement as ideas for your color palette. This is your home after all! So, what colors most appeal to you?
Option 2: Process of elimination
Sometimes we don’t always know what we like or worse, we like it all and don’t know where to start. As humans, we often know what we don’t like. It’s a strong emotion. For this reason, sometimes process of elimination is the best place to start. Write a list of all the colors and begin crossing them off.
Option 3: Color palette based on the design style
Certain design styles use certain color palettes. A Zen home for example relies on relaxation and a muted color palette. Adding a jarring bright yellow wouldn’t be a good choice for this particular style. Here are some examples:
TIP: If you don’t know your style or are unsure, be sure to take my style quiz!
At the end of the quiz, you’ll see your results along with information about that style, including color palette ideas.
Farmhouse design uses a soft and neutral color palette paired with colors in pastels.
Mid-Century Modern design uses a bright and bold color palette paired with neutrals.
Coastal design uses colors found along the skyline and water views in a blue color palette.
Option 4: Use Color Psychology
Did you know that colors have meaning? The colors you choose affects how people perceive you and your space. This is called the Psychology of Color. Keeping this in mind, certain colors evoke certain reactions and for that, the colors we choose say a lot about us. Ask yourself: How do I want to feel in the space? How do I want visitors to feel? If you’re in an office, for example, you want a place of productivity and organization. Using red, which can cause aggression wouldn’t be an ideal office color.
Other options not discussed here are to follow current design trends. Blue is a very popular right now so blue color palettes are all the rage. I don’t typically recommend being ‘on-trend’ because trends come and go very quickly.
I hope this guide helps you determine the best color palette for your space!