How to Create a Cohesive Home Color Palette
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How to Create a Cohesive Home Color Palette

Jan 07, 2019

A home color palette can help guide your home improvement process and build the value of projects you take on one at a time.

Most homeowners don’t have the money to redesign their entire home interior and exterior at once. It would be awful to finally finish all of your projects only to realize that your home is a design mess.

Choosing one color palette to work from for each project ensures that as you complete projects gradually, you’re creating a home with a cohesive design.

Let’s dive in to how you can create your perfect color palette.

color swatches on table
Workplace of designer with color palettes, gadgets and notepad.

How Do You Want to Feel at Home?

The first thing to ask yourself is how you want your home to make you feel. When you pull in the driveway, do you want to be energized by the colors of your home or calmed?

The idea of color psychology is that different colors can affect the way you feel by pulling on cultural associations and personal experience. Blue is sometimes associated with calmness and stability, yellow is associated with energy and warmth, green is associated with health and tranquility, etc.

Whether or not you buy into color psychology, the way you feel about colors (even something as simple as “purple is my favorite color and makes me feel happy”) should affect your home color palette.

As a general note here, usually warmer colors (reds, oranges, yellows, etc.) tend to be simulating while cool colors (blues, greens, and greys) are more calming.

Which Color Scheme for Your Home Color Palette?

Color schemes are traditional patterns that help you choose colors from the color wheel to create a palette. You don’t need to use these, but they may help as a basic guide.

Let’s go over the three most basic schemes.

Color wheels

Monochromatic

A monochromatic scheme basically uses different shades of the same color. For a palette based on this, you could use different shades of blue with some white and grey mixed in for fun.

Analogous

An analogous color scheme uses shades that are next to each other from the color wheel. On your house, for example, you could use a scheme of a couple of shades of green and a blue or two, plus some accents of white.

Complementary

This is the boldest scheme, pulling from colors that are opposite from each other on the color wheel. While this might sound crazy, you could get an interesting palette from this by using two opposite colors and the shades in-between them.

For example, you could start with blue and orange, and fill in your palette with shades of brown, beige, and light blue. The boldest color—orange—doesn’t have to be the color you choose for a huge feature, like your siding.

Instead, use the boldest color as an accent throughout the house.

color swatches
woman selecting home interior paint color from swatch catalog

The Importance of a Palette

Creating a palette before getting too deep into your renovation can guide you through decisions like “what color front door do we get?” or “what should we paint our living room walls?”

At the end of the day, picking the colors that go into your palette is up to you and what you think looks good together.

Having a home color palette gives you a row of color options you can use to narrow down the numerous options offered for whatever product you need.

If you need windows, siding, roofing, or doors to create your home design, contact Advanced Window Systems today at 1-800-CALL-AWS.