How to Coordinate a Color Scheme for the Entire House
Choosing room colors can seem like a monumental task, but rest assured that with these strategies you’ll be able to build a cohesive color scheme for your entire home without much difficulty.
1. Take note of which rooms are visible to one another.
Go through your home and figure out which spaces can be seen from each room. Create a floor plan to keep track (a rough sketch will work just fine). Take notes on how much of the other rooms/spaces can be seen from each room. These notes will form the basis for your whole-house color palette.
2. Choose a color for the largest, most centrally located room, or start with the room you want to paint the boldest color.
The most centrally located room in your home will typically be the living room or kitchen, which is a great place to start. If you’re unsure about choosing colors, consider opting for a soft, neutral hue which will make picking the other colors easier. Remember, you really can’t go wrong with white!
If you enjoy bold color and have a specific hue in mind for a certain room, feel free to start there instead. Then, looking out from the bold room, pick a softer, more muted color for the next rooms. Although you can position bold colors next to each other, it comes with more risk, so beware!
3. Build your color palette with shades of the same hue.
After you have a paint color chosen for your first room, one simple way to proceed is choosing shades of the same color for rooms and walls next to it. To do this you can pick a hue from a paint card close by, or pick the next color up or down on the same paint card. You can also have the same color mixed at the paint store with white added to it to make a lighter version.
By choosing this method, you will definitely give your home interest and depth, but also know without a doubt that the colors go well together.
4. Strategize when choosing colors for an open space.
For those with an open floor plan, when a large portion of the house is visible at once, it is especially important to choose colors that work together. For this situation, there are two approaches: First, you can always employ the previous method of using shades and tints of the same color; or second, you can use a specific environment to influence the space. For example, choosing colors that go well together in nature and translating them into paint colors.
5. Make upstairs and downstairs spaces separate projects.
If you have a true separation between floors, it is perfectly acceptable to create different moods in the upstairs and downstairs with your color choices. Keeping the floors separate also makes the task of choosing colors seem more manageable.
6. Neutral colors are a great choice for connecting spaces.
For hallways and landings, choosing neutrals like white, beige and greige is pretty much foolproof. Plus, they give the eye a break between areas painted with more saturated colors.
The exception to this would be if you decided to use white or soft neutrals for the rest of the house. In that case, the halls and landing would be a perfect place to experiment with richer colors. Remember, it doesn’t have to be drastically different from the other colors you’re using, just a shade or two darker will make an impact.
7. Test your color palette.
As your color choices get narrowed down and you think you may have hit on a winning combination, bring home test cans of paint and create your own swatches. Relying on sample cards can be deceptive. By painting your own test swatches, you can assess each color in the room it’s meant for, and make sure the colors in linked spaces work well together.