Color Your Home Confidently, The Do's & Don'ts!

Color is such an important part of making a home look and feel great, but it can be a bit scary to make color choices.

But it doesn't have to be. Avoid common mistakes, learn a few tricks, and you'll feel confident about choosing color for your space.

  • Don't choose colors in a paint store. Colors change drastically depending on the light, so they can look very different in your own home. When deciding on colors, make sure to look at them in the space they will be used. Get a sample of paint from the store and use it to paint a large poster board. Then hang it on different walls and live with it for a few days. That should really help you in feeling certain about the color choice.

  • Don't forget the ceiling -- it's the fifth wall. A white ceiling may be the best choice, but don't just leave it white by default. A room looks much more finished when the ceiling is deliberately painted to coordinate and harmonize with the decor. For seamless harmony, add a little of the wall color to the ceiling color paint to give it a tint and a hint of the wall color.

  • Don't ignore accessories. While paint is the most common way to add color, don't forget that incorporating pillows, fabrics, area rugs, and other accessories is a great way to add splashes of color and reflect your personality. Remember the "60-30-10 Rule" of decorating -- 60 percent is the wall color, 30 percent is the furnishings color and 10 percent is the accent color.


  • Do understand the psychology of color. Colors evoke reactions that affect us physically and mentally. When you understand how colors shape your feelings, you can choose ones that help you feel wonderful in your home. When we painted our master bedroom a soft blue after years of beige and green flowered wallpaper, it turned into a calming retreat where we both can relax.

  • Do create flow from room to room. In most homes, you can stand in one room and see into other rooms, so there needs to be a smooth continuity. Not all rooms should be painted the same color, but the colors need to work together. Carry elements of one room into another. The easiest way to do this is to paint the moldings all the same color throughout the home. You also can achieve the same flow by painting the ceilings the same color as well.

  • Do use inspiration. If you have a large piece of furniture or a treasured accessory, let it awaken your color creativity. The background color in a piece of art can become your wall color, a favorite antique can inspire the color for pillows, a lampshade can become the molding color. About 20 years ago I told a friend to paint a wall in her kitchen "delft blue" to match the blue in her china. Years later she moved from that home and it has changed owners twice more. I recently went into that home and there was that same blue wall. As I sat and had a cup of tea with this new homeowner, she asked if I liked the way this blue wall accented her china. Evidently, each homeowner found favor with the delft blue wall and each had china to go with it.

If you are still struggling with choosing a color with confidence contact Toni Berry at Marie Antoinette Interiors for a Color Consultation.  A one hour session will bring you years of satisfaction!
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