Choosing and Planning a Color Scheme


Interior decoration comes naturally to some people, while others feel lost and at the mercy of poor decorating decisions. If you are among those who have no sense of color coordination, hiring a decorator is an option, though a costly one. Another choice is to seek out friendly advice, especially from those who have a flair for well-coordinated decorating. Yet another option is to borrow decorating tips from television shows. There are a variety of home-improvement shows across a number of different channels. These shows provide a wealth of decorating advice, and are certainly a good place to begin researching decorating ideas. Books and magazines are another source of decorating advice. Flipping through the pages of a do-it-yourself book or magazine can provide divine decorating inspiration. You might even start to learn a thing or two about decorating.

A common mistake made in room design is failing to create, and then follow, a plan. Many people get involved in decorating projects without a clear idea of desired end results. This can lead not only to disastrous, clashing choices, but also to costly and often unnecessary do-overs. To ensure successful room design, start with a concept, a focal piece or focal idea, and let the color scheme and decorating choices radiate outwards from that first inspiration. A color scheme might be fueled by nature, in the way that the rolling hills of Italy inspire Tuscan design. Objects in the home can also inspire color choices. A patterned shower curtain or hand towel or even a painted dinner plate can provide a starting point for a room’s décor.

When approaching paint colors, it is a really good idea to start with samples. A color that looks good on a tiny, square color card might look awful when spread room-wide. Unfortunately, there’s no real way to tell what will work and what will not until the painting is done. Most reputable paint suppliers sell small jars of popular paint colors just for this purpose, priced reasonably as samples. Don’t be afraid to buy a whole range of different colors to take home and try out on the walls. When trying out samples, don’t just cram a bunch of different colors onto one wall. Instead, spread them out over the entire room, even painting the same color on different walls to see the color from multiple perspectives. Just remember to label each sample swatch in light pencil so you don’t accidentally choose the wrong color when it comes time for the real paint job.