5 Tips for Decorating with Color

Posted on 17 January 2017

Are you still avoiding adding color to your home because you're just not quite sure how to pull the look off without looking way overdone? You are definitely not alone. A lot of people see colorful homes in magazines and on TV, and their mind starts racing with all sorts of ideas for their own home. Sadly, they never act on these ideas because they are scared the room will just look all wrong. How do you decorate with color without it looking juvenile or like a clown was trapped in the room for a full day? These tips should give you the confidence you need to finally add the colors you want to your room in a way that will have all your guests talking about you for all the right reasons!


60-30-10 Rule

You've probably heard of the color rule, but you might not be too sure what it's all about. Basically, 60 percent of the room will be your primary color, 30 percent will be your secondary color, and 10 percent will be your accent color(s).

Choose Your Color Scheme

You can either go with a complementary or analogous color scheme. A complementary one uses primary colors on a color wheel. There are always identifiable boundaries in these rooms. An analogous scheme pairs colors that are right next to one another on a color wheel. For example, shades of yellow and orange or green and blue.

Consider Decorating Vertically

If you're still not quite sure where to use which colors, you can apply the colors vertically for a foolproof look. So darker shades go on or near the ground. Think rugs, ottomans, etc. Medium shades take up an accent wall and furniture. Light shades go towards the ceiling (or above the other shades), such as curtains, decorative pillows, and the throw blanket on the back of the sofa.

Choose a Safe Focal Point


If you are just getting the hang of decorating with color then shopping for art can be a little stressful. If you want to skip the added stress, just shop for indoor waterfalls. These elements make exceptional focal points in any room, but they are so natural that they don't take away from other décor pieces. Indoor waterfalls are available in a wide range of sizes, styles, materials, and trims.

Turn to Patterns 

Sometimes, decorating with color ends up looking like a lot of blocks of color. Blending them to create a nice flow is easy to do if you use a pattern that contains some of the colors somewhere in the room .These work great on decorative pillows, rugs, and curtains.

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