How to Surround Yourself with Your Personal Rainbow

Before you put a new coat of paint on the wall, you need to consider what colors you want for your palette.  Don’t be overwhelmed because it really can be as simple as these 8 steps!  And afterall, it is only paint, and so transforming.

Here are 8 tips for choosing color and a palette:

    1. Go to your closet.  Look at what you have. There is a reason you gravitate to those shirts and jackets of yours!
    2. Find a piece of fabric you love with several colors that work together well and use this as your color scheme. It takes a lot of the thinking out of it!
    3. Start small and pick 5 colors for your home. This breaks it down and simplifies your palette:

* A white/ or black for moldings, doors, ceilings, or a pop
* A neutral to bring everything together – a hall or a ceiling
* A color of your choice
* Another coordinating color of your choice
* Yet another coordinating color of your choice

This way you have colors that are pulled together and you know what you love! Now collect as many paint chips or samples as you can and play with them at different times of day with different lighting and narrow down the paint colors you love!

    1.  Decorate your space from dark to light, vertically.
      A real “cookbook” way to make any space look good without much risk, is to use darker color values for the floor, medium color values for the walls and light values for the ceiling.
    2. Use the color wheel.
      In general, colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green — are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is a good strategy for a bedroom, where you want to rest and recover.
      Whatever color scheme you choose, put something black in every room. The black clarifies all the rest of the colors in the room. Try a black lampshade, a black vase or a black picture frame.
    3. Use the rule of 60-30-10.
      When decorating a space, divide the colors in the space into components of 60 percent of a dominant color, 30 percent of a secondary color and 10 percent of an accent color. The walls will most likely be the majority, the upholstery would represent the secondary color and accessories such as a floral arrangement or throw pillows would make up the rest.The colors are properly balanced and there is a shot of color (the 10 percent color) for interest.


  1. Go with the architecture.
    If you have a small room in your house, don’t paint it white to make it seem bigger. Instead, cozy up to its architecture with a rich, warm color scheme. Let your big rooms expand with light, and your small rooms wrap you up and nurture you.
  2. Follow your personal style.
    If you decorate honestly, other people will appreciate it because it’s you, even if they’d never decorate their own house in the same way. That means if you want to make every room in your house red, white and blue, go for it. You can make any color look good as long as it’s your taste.