Finding a Color Scheme for the Home

You know how when you are planning a wedding, the first thing you have to do is pick your colors?  Once that is done, everything becomes easy.  It also helps to have a style like “rustic”, “elegant”, whatever.  I think decorating your house might be a little like that too.  Without a style and a color scheme, you are just randomly picking things you like and hoping they work together.

Well after looking at pictures of my house, I finally realized that my color scheme of beige, brown, white, off-white, and grayish beige was not really working.  I was complaining about it being cloudy out and how depressing it was when my mom gently suggested that maybe if I had some color in my house it would cheer me up.

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I had tried to “warm up” the house by buying various things.  Baskets (brown), new cloth napkins (white with beige stripes!), some creamware pitchers from a thrift shop (off white), a canvas bag for kindling (tan), and more baskets (brown brown brown).  Well.  She was right.

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(Seriously.  Why?)

I didn’t know what to do.  I obviously could not pick out colorful things myself.

But I stumbled upon this delightful blog that said to pick four colors.  A primary, a secondary, a primary accent, and a secondary accent.  And luckily for me, the example given used a rug with the same colors as the rugs in my house.  I might not be able to think of a color scheme, but I could certainly copy one!

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My colors are:

Gold/ brown (Obviously.)

Navy blue

Red/ burgundy

Colonial blue (I guess that’s what this lighter shade of blue is)

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I think green plants are allowed in all color schemes and don’t count as one of the four.

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Red bowl returns.

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Maybe I could make some navy and white ticking stripe curtains?

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Found this fabric in my craft closet and THINK it is the right shade of blue.  Going to make springy throw pillow covers.

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A blue and white pitcher.  Baby steps!

P.S. My wedding colors were peach and champagne.  (Beige and warm beige.)

8 thoughts on “Finding a Color Scheme for the Home

  1. Another great way I’ve found to cheer up any space is simply adding a few well placed vases with fresh flowers (or fake ones if, like me, you can’t seem to keep your cats away from plants)!

  2. That kitchen! I wanted a sink like that when we had to redo our countertops this summer but it was going to be insanely complicated and expensive and—seeing yours makes me wish I had been a little less practical.

    Also: my wedding colors were a sort of periwinkle blue and a moss green. Mostly because that was the fabric available for the bridesmaid dresses. And my house colors? Maybe avocado with bits of red and robins egg blue. (I lean toward a cacophony of color, if that isn’t clear.)

    • I do still love the sink, but it was both expensive and complicated. We splurged on the original “Shaw” brand because that’s our last name… but I am always nervous people will know how much it cost, which would be so embarrassing.

      I think when you love colors they always look right in your house! It’s harder when you are forcing it!

    • Thank you! I was looking up paint colors and had decided on a burgundy for the dining room, and then just decided an our ago to do the bottom half white and keep the top beige. I just can’t do a real color! Maybe a tablecloth.

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