Picking a color scheme you can live with is a huge challenge for most homeowners.  Here are some tips to make the process a little less daunting:

  • If you have a patterned rug or sofa or a large painting, pick a color from that item.  If you’re looking for a more neutral wall color, go with the lightest shades in that item.  If you are looking for drama and impact, go with the more pronounced colors.
  • For a color scheme you can carry throughout your home, work with colors you extract from the main formal areas of the house like your dining room or living room.
  • The safest way to build your color scheme is to go darker on the floors, lighter on the walls and lightest on the ceiling.
  • Decorate your home in colors that look good on you.  If you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing an orange dress, don’t decorate your home in orange.
  • Painting small spaces white won’t make them look bigger.  It’s okay to go with warm colors in small spaces but concentrate on improving lighting and going with simple clean-lined furniture.