Three Ways to Create a Fool-Proof Color Scheme

Does the idea of creating a color scheme scare you? Maybe you doubt your ability to choose colors that complement each other… Or you’ve bungled the job in the past.

Don’t worry! I’m going to share with you three ways to put together a color scheme that will look great. Once you have decided on the basic colors to use, refer back to Choosing Paint Colors with Confidence.

If you are building a brand new house, you have a completely blank canvas and can incorporate your chosen color scheme throughout the whole space. If you are remodeling, be sure to look at the surrounding spaces and make sure the furniture, flooring, and window treatments will work with the new color scheme!

1. Pull Colors from Natural Stone

As noted in Cupboards and counters and tile, oh my!, it is generally a good idea to choose your cabinets or counter material first. Your budget determines the quality of cabinets you can afford, and each line of cabinetry has specific colors of stains and paint available.

You don’t need any special talent to find a color scheme in natural stone. If the idea of choosing colors strikes fear in your heart, this is the easiest to pull off.

Stones with Warm and Cool Tones

This stone creates many possibilities… Do you want a soothing retreat or something a little wilder? White shaker cabinets? Modern glossy purple cabinets?


Purple Accent Wall and Accessories

Do you see the warm white of the cabinets in the granite? The tile echoes the gray, cream and tan tones in the stone, while the purple accent wall salutes the purple streaks in the granite and makes them pop.


2. Let Mother Nature Inspire You

You have endless options when you find your color scheme in nature. Obsessed with the bright colors in the produce at the Farmers’ Market… Adore your dog?


Ready-Made Color Palettes from Pinterest

Pinterest provides endless options for color schemes if you’re not locally inspired.
blue gray white color palette


Doo Doo Doo, Looking Out My Back Door!

Do you have an amazing view outside your window that you want to bring inside? Find the inspiration for your color palette in your own backyard!



3. Rebuild Rome in Your Own Home

Vacations inspire us in a way nothing else can. And while we don’t normally have ruins or centuries’ old trees inside our homes, we can page homage to them with color and materials.


Have fun choosing your colors! Let inspiration plant the seed and then follow your imagination and create something beautiful.


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