If you’re starting a new design project, choosing a color scheme for your home may seem like it’s the first thing you need to do. Your home, after all, will be your sanctuary, as well as a place to entertain family and friends. You want a space that reflects your personal style and interests. So, you start flipping through magazines, reading design blogs, and scrolling through Instagram to find the perfect residential color scheme.
Home Color Scheme #1: Natural and Earthy Hues
Earthy browns are some of my favorite colors. They’re warm, inviting and bring a rich, natural vibe to the space. You can pair them with other neutrals of course, but they also work with fall pastels and deep jewel tones. Remember, if you’re using earthy hues, you want to keep your color palette simple.
Layering these natural hues with metallic accents, textured elements and architectural pieces add depth and visual interest to the design. This open concept dining room and living room uses a color palette of browns and creams which is anything but boring. The gold framed mirror, stunning dining chairs and geometric metallic light fixtures bring a rich, luxe feeling to the space.
A natural, earthy decor color scheme is perfect for boho or Moroccan style designs. In this bohemian inspired seating area, we chose to use cream as the dominate color. We paired it with hints of orange and blue, wood accents, and lots of whimsical patterns. The cream color reflects the natural light from the windows and makes the room feel more spacious. And it prevents the space from becoming overwhelmed by all the patterned pieces. The color palette creates a cozy and relaxed space with an exotic flair.
Home Color Scheme #2: Mid-Century
The mid-century style is characterized by clean lines, mixed textures and classic designs like the Eames Chair. This style uses color palettes that pair traditional neutrals like brown and white with more vibrant hues like golden yellow and turquoise. It’s a timeless style that gives a room character, while allowing the design details to take center stage.
As we were designing this mid-century inspired living room, we wanted to give the classic color palette a modern twist. We chose to use navy and deep gold as the main colors for this living room. Set against crisp white walls, the gorgeous navy and cream rug anchors the space while the gold light fixture adds a luxe touch. To bring in texture and detail, we selected a sheepskin bench, a tufted white leather ottoman and incorporated some beautiful millwork around the fireplace. It’s a modern, contemporary space that highlights texture and visual simplicity.
Home Color Scheme #3: Traditional
I love color, and colors pop brighter against a traditional scheme. Whites and creams are perfect for reflecting natural light and make any room feel more spacious. They’re clean, sophisticated and have a timeless elegance to them. Decorating with colors like these gives you a fresh background for showcasing design elements like texture, statement lighting, and art. They work in any style home and with any other colors.
This airy and bright living room begs you to sit on the couch and relax with a glass of wine. We chose to use a cream drapery fabric to allow for lots of natural light to fill the room. Linen fabric on the furnishings give the space a more casual feel, while the distressed wood chandelier and footstools add a textural element. The contemporary art piece on the wall and sculptural geometric on the coffee table make the space feel modern and Classically Current.
Home Color Scheme #4: Modern & Masculine
In this modern kitchen, the traditional masculine color palette gets a feminine twist thanks to the bright gold accents and a pop of yellow. The bright gold pendant lights provide a warm contrast to the cool stainless steel appliances. And a bouquet of fresh yellow flowers with a bowl of lemons brightens up the space and breaks up the black and white. The curved pendant lights and bar stools with a textured white fabric bring softness to the crisp lines of the kitchen. It’s an edgy, but oh-so-chic kitchen space.
When in Doubt, Mix in Color