How to Choose a Home Color Scheme Easily
You have found the most straightforward tutorial on how to choose a home color scheme. There are a couple of reasons we are doing this by style, so we will explain them below. If you don't care about the reasoning and want to know how to do it, skip down to the section "Colors Based on Style."
One of the reasons is because it is familiar. Familiarity has a lot of power in design, and this is due to its attribute of comfort. People usually fear what they don't know. Some styles known to be comfortable are Traditional, Transitional, Country, Farmhouse, French Country, and Mediterranean (Which includes Spanish, Greek, Arabic, and Tuscan design). These styles are rooted in a tradition passed down for many years. The more modern styles are just under a century old, which makes them still new. It is still possible to build a comfortable modern style, but it takes a bit more work. We will go into making a modern home feel warmer later in the section "Modern."
The second reason is that it is consistent with the period of usage.
In conjunction with familiarity, consistency is vital to know a color palette. For example, you can go out into super vibrant colors in a Contemporary home; however, what makes it "feel" Contemporary is its consistent color palette of vibrant colors that are slightly muted but engaging. If you wonder what this color palette would look like for Contemporary homes, skip down to "Contemporary."
Don't Reinvent the Wheel
And the last reason is that you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Everyone may think they know what color scheme best for their home, but that opinion most likely changes to other people who see it. Please don't feel restricted entirely to an exact hue, but do know the rules before you break them so that you don't break them too far. Below is where you find out these rules (which are more like guidelines).
Colors Based on Style
Below, we will show you a basic color palette that you can go with for what we think are the leading eight styles of homes. Alright, we've teased you enough; let's get started!
Ah, the Traditional home style, the most used interior design style in the entire world! This style is known for its warmth, comfort, ornate detail, and elegance. The Traditional style best utilizes earth-tones like Garnet Reds, Chocolate Browns, Forrest Greens, and Sapphire Blues. These colors have some vibrance, but they are not bright. They are dark and robust colors that can be used as wall paint, wallpaper, paintings, furniture fabrics, planters, and much more! If you want to learn more about the Traditional style, click here.
Transitional homes are known for their airy and comfortable qualities. What makes these homes have that light spirit is their broad usage of whites, tans, or taupes throughout a room. Usually, this can make a home feel empty, but what is excellent about Transitional homes is that they aren't generally minimalist. These homes have decorative pieces, lots of furniture, basically all of the comfort of a Traditional home, but with a white/tan/taupe color palette. These pieces add texture and composition so that the room doesn't feel empty, but it feels pristine and comfortable. If you want to learn more about the Transitional style, click here.
An American staple, the Farmhouse design style is the epitome of rustic living in the U.S.A. Farmhouse style uses white milk paint on walls and wood furniture (click here to learn about milk paint), sometimes spot colors of lavender, pastel blues or pinks, and taupes. Farmhouse colors are delicate, look worn, and comforting. If you use white linens, make sure they are textured to add depth, so it doesn't look plain. If you want to learn more about the Farmhouse style, click here.
The Bohemian style (or Boho style) is known for its carefree and nomadic look. It is filled with vibrant triadic colors, whether primary or secondary. You usually think of the primary triadic colors as comic book colors; red, blue, and yellow. These pop! Also, secondary triadic colors; purples, greens, and oranges. These pop as well! We don't usually suggest using more than one color, but in this style, using more than one within a triadic scheme is more than acceptable. If you want to learn more about the Bohemian style, click here.
This style forms a significant area of European interior design. The Mediterranean style's color palettes are best broken down into two categories; warm earth-tones and the other is cool whites. Remember this: Warm earth-tones (Like Traditional) for Tuscan, Spanish, and Arabian homes, and cool whites, vibrant blues, and egg yolk yellows for Greek homes. It's as easy as that! If you want to learn more about the Mediterranean style, click here.
Coastal color palettes share some similarities to the Greek Mediterranean color palette, but Coastal homes can add Sea Greens, Teals, Lime Greens, Cool Grays, and other cool colors. With this style, it's important not to overdo it with color; use 90% white or gray and the remaining 10% for the vibrant colors. If you want to learn more about the Coastal style, click here.
Contemporary homes are known for their exciting colors! As mentioned earlier in the "Consistency" section, a Contemporary color palette is a consistent color palette of vibrant colors that are slightly muted but engaging. Warm colors are a great starting point, but so are cool colors. It is up to you which direction you go. Citron Greens, Morning Blues, or Eton Blues are great for the cool colors, and Chrome Yellows, Princeton Oranges, and Coquelicot red-oranges are great for warm colors. If you want to learn more about the Contemporary style, click here.
Modern homes are known for being cold and dreary if they don't have any warm color used. This cold look is due to their minimal and clean aesthetic. Therefore, to avoid a sterile living space, add some warmth to give it some comfort. An easy way to do this is to add some earth-tones. Earth-tones have a way of warming up a modern home while adding some intrigue through color. Yes, a black and white Modern home can look classy, but it can also come off as not homey. This is the time to add those warm colors. If you want to learn more about the Modern style, click here.