Paint Color Combinations to Nail the Perfect Color Scheme!

Some homeowners let color intimidate them. Others embrace it with gusto, though not always in the correct way. Bring the right hues into your home with a new color scheme for paint and décor.

Follow the 60/30/10 rule

This interior design theory states that using 60 percent of a dominant color, 30 percent of a secondary color and 10 percent of an accent color creates visual balance in a room. Other recommendations when following this rule include choosing a neutral or low-saturation hue for your dominant color, allowing the secondary color to shine a bit brighter and the accent color to pop.

Apply the rule to paint, furniture and décor
When it comes to paint, the dominant color should go on the walls. The secondary color can grace an accent wall. It also can be the predominant hue on a statement piece of furniture. The accent color gets picked up in accessories, with all three colors making other appearances throughout the room but in keeping with the 60/30/10 formula.

Choose your colors

Before you start shopping for paint, take stock of your existing furniture and other décor. What do you plan to keep? What do you plan to get rid of? Once you answer these questions, you will know if you have certain colors in your scheme already set. The easiest way to create a new look, of course, is to start from scratch.

No matter which route you take, continue to follow interior design rules regarding color. Start by getting a color wheel, either from a paint or art supply store or by downloading one online. The wheel will help you understand two important color theories: complementary and analogous.


Complementary colors sit opposite of each other on the color wheel. Examples include blue and orange, yellow and purple, and red and green. Experts recommend using complementary hues in more formal areas of your home, such as the dining room, because of the visual challenge the clear separation of colors provides.


Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel. Examples include yellow and green, blue and violet, and red and orange. Interior designers like using analogous hues in more informal rooms, such as the living room and bedrooms, thanks to the casual feel of the color combinations.

You need not stick to these primary colors, though, simply explore within the color family to find hues you like.

For more information on color theory, check out the recent post Paint Color Chart | Discover Color Meanings, Color Theory & Much More! In it, we get into other theories, including how to choose hues based on their meaning or your personality.

Additional advice for using color in your home
When choosing paint and décor, keep the following tips in mind:

Work from dark to light from the floor to ceiling. This results in vertical decoration that resembles the natural order of things-darker ground to lighter sky-and creates harmony in your home.

Allow color to flow from room to room. Select a color used in one room and carry it through to an adjacent room-and so on until all of your rooms have a visual connection that allows for a smooth transition and a cohesive décor.

Live with colors before you install them. Have your professional painter apply samples to walls, and then tack samples of any potential upholstery nearby. Look at the colors several times a day until you decide that you do indeed love the scheme. That way, you avoid paying for costly paint or furniture that you don’t really like in the end.

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