How To Choose The Best Interior Color Schemes


Best Interior Color Schemes

Don’t know how to pick out the best interior color schemes? I encourage you to continue reading for some great tips that will help you pick out a color scheme you can live with. Designing a look for your space is so much fun and allows you to really show your personality. Furniture choices and decor speak volumes about your individuality. You can create a space for entertaining, relaxation or even study with just a few touches of you.


Before choosing the furniture, the carpet and flooring or even the pillows there is a decision that needs to be made. It all begins with color. Color is the basis to any design and choosing the right color scheme is essential to bringing it all together.


I am sure there are a few questions and fears that keep you from choosing a color. It can be overwhelming but it is doable. Here are a few questions and fears that keep people from changing or finishing their design:


  • Where do I start?
  • What colors work well together?
  • What if I don’t like it after I paint it?

All of these questions and more are normal and my hope is that after reading this article you will find some clarity, become confident in your choices and begin to create a space that is perfect for you and your family.


The Basics

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There are so many colors to choose from so how do you choose the right colors? Let’s start with the basics.


The Color Wheel is the best place to start when trying to identify any color scheme. It is a circle of color which organizes color hues and shows the relationships between primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Primary colors by definition are any group of colors from which other colors can be formed by mixing together. This means no primary color can be broken down any further and are the purest pigment forms. Color begins with them. Primary colors are Red, Yellow and Blue.


As you may have guessed it secondary colors are born out of the primary colors. These are created by mixing each of the primary colors. Secondary colors are Orange, Purple and Green.


Lastly, we have tertiary colors. Tertiary colors are colors derived from mixing a primary with a color in its color family. For instance, mixing Yellow and Orange will make Yellow/Orange. Possible color combinations are limitless but understanding the color wheel and the relationship between colors will help when choosing the best color scheme for your space.


Get Inspired



A few years ago I had a leaky roof, worn out carpet and the walls were in need of some new paint. As a result of a bad storm the roof fell through in one of the rooms and ruined what was left of the carpet. This disaster was enough to get me inspired.


A disaster doesn’t have to happen to get inspired. Take a look at the sky and the world around you. It is full of colors and color schemes. What makes you feel good? What are your favorite colors? Take a look in your closet, what do you see? What colors do you wear most? Dress your room in what you would dress your body in. If the color is something that you feel is overwhelming and would not look good as the dominant color then use it to accent or in area rug color schemes.


Possible Color Schemes

There are a few color schemes that I think you should be aware of that will make it easier to come up with a fantastic color pallet. Color schemes are a group of colors and their relationship to each other in respect to the color wheel. Their relationship and the way they are put together can be appealing or appalling. So before being accosted by the color scheme when entering the room, let’s take a look at a few color scheme definitions.


Monochromatic– Variations, hues, tints of one color.


Take One Color and Rock It!

Make one of your favorite colors the dominant color and then add accents that have variations of that color throughout the space. This is a good way to stay consistent and cohesive. It’s appealing to the eye and you don’t run the risk of creating a color disaster that will make you avoid that room like the plague.


Complementary-Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.


Opposites Attract!

These colors can be difficult to pair together because of the vast differences. But when done correctly can produce an exciting color scheme that will have your guests rethinking their design choices. When using complementary colors choose a dominant color and accent with the other so that you will not overwhelm the space. You can also use a bold print or pattern and complement it with contrasting pillows to give your space that needed flare.


Triadic-3 colors.

Third Time’s The Charm!

Triadic color schemes are 3 colors separate from each other on the color spectrum. When choosing to go with this scheme it is good to use a color shade as the dominant color and add flowers and pillows for the accent colors. This will give balance to the room and won’t offend your guests as they walk in.


If this method is too risky for you, then try the 60-30-10 rule. It is a formula that has been tested over time and serves as a general rule when choosing the best color schemes. It goes a little something like this. 60 percent should be a dominant color while 30 percent should be a secondary color and 10 percent should serve as the accent colors. Paint your walls using the 60 percent and then apply the 30 percent for furnishings and coverings and 10 percent for pillows, throws, wall decor and floral arrangements.


The Choice Is Yours

Remember when decorating your space you are the author. You can make it what you want because your space is an extension of you. The proper color scheme will highlight your individuality and all the things that make you great. So go grab a bucket and let your personality shine through. Happy Decorating!






28 thoughts on “How To Choose The Best Interior Color Schemes

  1. Hi,

    I am currently looking at several dozen pieces of paper wondering what color I am going to paint this massive sitting room of mine.

    The 60-30-10 rule is definitely helping me right now to make a good choice for a fantastic color scheme that I won’t get sick of in a week – it has happened lol.

    Great article and very helpful, much appreciated.



    1. Hi Phillip, thank you for your review! I am glad that you found the article useful. Check in as I will provide weekly decorating tips. Good luck on your new design. Happy Decorating!

  2. Hi! Nice-looking website and article πŸ™‚
    I’m not very good at interior design, so I can’t comment on that.

    I can say that it is indeed a well-formatted article with nice images which predestine what you’re about to talk about πŸ™‚

    Just one small I’ve noticed is a fourth dot in the bulleted list with no content, so you might want to edit that πŸ™‚

  3. Hi,

    I like the corolfull pictures you have in the post and the 60-30-10 rule – this is something new and havenΒ΄t heard of it before. Learning something new everyday and this will be usefull while decorating my appartment. Thanks for this great overview :).

  4. Hi,
    I really like your website. I have always loved designing. A friend of mine is getting married and has been asking for assistance I feel much more confident in guiding her into the color scheme and making this wedding a success.

    1. Hi Jamillah,

      Thank you for your review! I am very happy you found this article useful. Be sure to check in weekly for designing tips

  5. Thank you so much for this info! I’m looking to repaint my bathroom soon (I’m quite sick of looking at my lavender wall tile with white walls!) and will most certainly be using your tips/info on complementary color schemes when I’m ready to pick out my paint! πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Davona,

    I loved your article and sent my sister a link to your site. She’s going to school for interior decorating and is going to love your website. Keep up the GREAT work Davona!

    Best wishes!


  7. Wonderful pointers! Your article was quite helpful in identifying color schemes that may or may not work in our home. If we are planning to sell our home soon, is there a particular color or combination of colors we should avoid?
    Look forward to your response as we plan to prep our home for selling.

    1. Hi Paul,

      I appreciate your review! Yes, you should stay away from any bold colors like orange or black. I would focus more on neutrals because you want to leave your potential buyers with a blank canvas so they can envision themselves living there. Take down anything personalized too. Such as photos, refrigerator memorabilia etc. Hope this helps. I’m wishing you and your family all the best in selling your home. Be sure to check in for all your weekly decorating needs.

  8. Hello Devine, this is beautiful nice work. I am currently in the process of selecting the right color and theme for my basement. Hubby and I are doing some basement work. This article will help in finding the right color for a multipurpose space.

  9. Thank you for the inspiration to rock our COLOR Chosen. Choosing colors has came a long ways.
    We picked up some pamphlets to help us with ideas for the 3 rooms that are all open to one another. Each pamphlet had 3 different colors one being a dark color for trim, I am really nervous as I have never done this before, but yet I am excited.Thank you for your post. You have given me the courage to go for it.
    Keep the tips flowing. You are doing an awesome job.

    1. Thank you for your comment Lisa!
      Using color on your walls can be a bit of a risk and I am so happy that I took some of the risk out of it for you. Be sure to check in for my weekly decorating updates. Best wishes!

    1. Hi Abby,
      I am happy to see you found this article useful! Don’t be afraid to use color and it gets easier the more you do it so don’t just stop at one room. Thank you for your comment. Have a great day!

  10. Lovely article.The color plays an important role in adding more value to the design and changes the whole look of it.This is the best post I have ever visited.Very great tips you have shared for choosing the color schemes.Thanks for sharing such article.

    1. Hi Emma,
      You’re right! I repainted my downstairs and upstairs and it totally changed the look of it. I love it! I am happy that you were able to find inspiration. Thank you for your comment. Blessings to you

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