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How to Pick Paint Colors for Your Home: 3 Simple Tips to Follow

Updated: Jan 25, 2021


By: DesignerTrapped


Overwhelmed by the zillions of paint color choices out there? Believe it or not, you can learn how to pick paint colors for your home using some very simple tips and tricks. You do not need any interior design skills or education to master this failproof system!


3 Simple Tips to Pick Paint Colors For Your Home


Tip 1

Take a look at what colors you like wearing. Most people buy clothes in colors they like to wear, and you should paint your rooms in colors that you love, too! If you are obsessed with navy blue (like me), chances are you will love a home painted in hues of blue. My home is filled with blues that I love.


Tip 2

Choose a color scheme from the largest pattern that you will be using in the room. If you've got patterned upholstery, a colorful rug or large piece of artwork, pick colors you like from the pattern. For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern's whites and beiges. If you don't have any pieces to go into the room yet, go to the fabric store! 



Tip 3

Aim for about 5 paints colors in your home. They should consist of the following:

1) A white (and/or navy…if you are daring like me, lol!). This white will be the color of your trim, ceilings, etc. I have white ceilings and trim, and we have used the same white ceiling paint throughout our house. I recently finished painting all of our interior doors navy. (We had painted them black, which you can read about by clicking here, but I realized I preferred them to be navy, so I have switched them all again!). You can see our white trim and ceiling and one of our navy doors here in our kitchen.


2) A neutral. This can be tan, grey or even a blue (yes, blue can be neutral–jeans go with everything, don't they?!). This color will bring everything together in your home and is the perfect color to use when you aren't sure what else to use. For example, your neutral is a great color to use in spaces that connect other rooms, like hallways. The color Falling Snow is the neutral white we use throughout our home. You can see it here in our family room. We love it as a neutral backdrop for lots of pops of color in decor and artwork!


3) Three additional colors:

  • Color of your choice #1

  • Color of your choice #2

  • Color of your choice #3

That means you really only have 3 hard choices to make, and you can use the fabric you fell in love with to help guide these choices. We chose three hues of blue for our additional colors (I told you I love blue!). We use the navy Midnight in the Tropics for the doors throughout our home (see the kitchen picture above and the photo of our upstairs hallway below) and in the dining room.

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