Building A Whole-Home Color Scheme

Using one color scheme for your entire house is an easy way to make it feel warm, inviting and personable. This strategy also serves to connect each of the rooms together so that they flow easily as you pass through them. Though it takes some thought and time, it is relatively easy to create a cohesive color design for an entire house. Read on to learn some of our favorite tips and tricks about paint color matching. 

Use Just a Few Colors

Creating a color palette for your home starts with choosing between three and five colors as your base. For someone who is not used to using color, muted shades give you a starting point without being too overwhelming. Those who love a lot of color might initially feel that this number is limiting, but the process still works to give you a home bursting with color. 

Your Favorite Color is a Starting Point

Narrowing down exactly what your favorite color is will serve two purposes. By using a color that you love, you know that you will not be getting tired of the color scheme in the near future. It also provides you with a starting point that you can then branch off from in a myriad of directions.  


What Colors do You Need to Work With?

In nearly all cases, you need to work within a budget. This means working with the colors that you already have. What colors are your floors, existing furniture, countertops and cabinets? Make sure that you also figure out the undertones of these colors as well. Each color has a base color that can be blue, green, brown, yellow or red.

Take a Look at the Room Layout

Walk through your home and notice which rooms flow into one another. Also, note those spaces that are visible from others. When you sit in the living room, for example, can you see a kitchen wall or a portion of the hallway from that vantage point? You'll want to make sure that the colors flow from one to another and these notes can help you do so. 

Decide on the Feeling You Want Your Space to Evoke

Choosing the right colors will help your rooms evoke certain feelings. Do you like lots of contrasting colors that are lively and vibrant? Maybe you prefer the clean, sleek and modern look. Or perhaps you want a home that feels calm and relaxing like a spa. 



  • For a modern feeling, choose different shades of the same color to give your home a fresh and clean feeling. These are known as monochromatic colors on a color wheel. 

  • Harmonious colors make a home feel relaxing and calm. Colors like these are situated next to each other when you look at them on a color wheel. 

  • Complementary colors make a home feel vibrant, lively and full of contrasts. On the color wheel, you'll find these complementary colors opposite from each other. Each color can stand on its own, and they contrast one another. 

Choose a Room to Start With

Decide which room is going to be painted in the boldest color. Alternatively, you can also focus on the most visible room -- this is most often either the kitchen or the living room. Once you decide on the color for that first room, it's simply a matter of deciding which other colors on the color wheel work to achieve your goal, as noted above. 

Pulling the colors together and doing paint color matching is made easier by using an innovative tool like the COLOR MUSE. Quickly analyze the base color and build out a color scheme for the rest of your rooms painlessly. Be sure to shop today to make designing your home's interior easy and effortless!