So it’s time to paint the main living areas of your home, but you have no idea where to start or how to select colors.

First, you will want color continuity throughout the public areas: living room, dining room, kitchen, entry or any areas that open or flow into the other. With the popularity of the open concept, this is especially important. It doesn’t mean every room has to be the same color, but it does mean a smooth transition from one area to the next.

You might start with an area rug or favorite piece of artwork to find your color scheme. The accent color of one room can be the star of the next. Just use varying degrees of the color from one area to the next. One room might just be a few accents of the color that carry it through the room. Keep in mind all the elements of color and texture in the rooms: floors; walls; fabrics on furniture, pillows, and window treatments; wallpaper; and accessories.

Build your palette

Let’s say you have selected an area rug upon which to build the color scheme. Obviously, the room with this rug will have a paint color compatible with the rug and furniture. Select a secondary color from the rug for one of the adjoining rooms and perhaps use a shade lighter in the next adjoining room. The same plan can work with wallpaper. (Yes, wallpaper is being used again!) The rooms adjacent to the room with the wallpaper can pick up colors from the wallpaper in varying degrees.

Think accents

Another way to add color to a room in a smaller dose is to select an accent wall. This works particularly well when you need to create a focal point of a room. Using a complementary color, wallpaper, or texture such as stone or shiplap on an accent wall can create drama without overwhelming the room.

What about adding drama to the ceiling? An obvious way to add another color to a room is when you have a tray or coffered ceiling. It could be a darker shade of the wall color or another color from the pieces in that room or the adjacent room.

Non-public spaces

Selecting paint for a bedroom or bath isn’t as difficult, since it usually closes off from the public areas of the home. Many newer floor plans, however, do have the master bedroom just off the great room. In this case, the colors of the two should flow specifically if the bedroom opens clearly into the great room or the entrance.

Many folks are scared of color, but after taking the plunge, they are so glad they didn’t do all the walls in boring beige. Have fun!

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ANGELA ROWE, DDCD is Owner and Interior Designer of Decorating Den Interiors.


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