8 Secrets for Decorating with Color

Discover the keys to giving your home a picturesque palette.

Whether your design taste is bold, subtle, bright or neutral, these professional tips will show you the secrets to decorating with color.

Tip #1: Don’t be Afraid
Many homeowners are afraid to change up their home’s color scheme because they don’t want to make a mistake. If you’re feeling timid, consider hiring or consulting with an interior design professional before you start buying new buckets of paint and other décor items. The most important thing to remember is that, like an art canvas, your home design can always be changed. So, you don’t have to be afraid of mixing things up!

Tip #2: Pick Your Palette
The perfect interior design color palette contains a deliberate combination of hues, tints, tones and shades that complement one another.

Not familiar with these interior design terms? Here’s a breakdown for you (knowing these terms will help you better pick the exact colors you want in your palette):

Color is a general term used to describe every hue, tint, tone or shade in the world.

Hue is one of the main properties of color, and it indicates the origin of the color we see when it belongs to one of the six primary and secondary colors. For example, our Sparkling Teal front door would be considered a hue of both green and blue. Black, gray and white are not included in this category.

Tints are sometimes referred to as pastels, and it’s what happens when white is added to a pure hue. Tones, on the other hand, occur as a result of adding gray to a pure hue and can turn down the intensity of a color. Lastly, shades are defined as a pure hue mixed with black. These mixtures are often complex, dark, moody and downright gorgeous.

Now that you know everything there is to know about interior design color lingo, you can rock any color scheme as long as it matches your personal style. Love soft, relaxing colors? Choose soft tints and an analogous color scheme. Want to try the dark and moody look? Throw shade at those walls, rugs and curtains.

Tip #3: Determine Your Color Flow
Do you want your home’s color scheme to flow from room to room or do you want each floor or room to have its own personality? For a cohesive look, limit yourself to colors in the same color family. To mix things up, use different color schemes in rooms that do not seamlessly blend into another room. (In other words, keep colors congruent in open areas.)

pella vibrancy collection architect series solid wood door

Tip #4: Start with Your Front Door
Give your home’s exterior a splash of color and crank up your curb appeal with a new smooth solid door from our Vibrancy Collection, which includes colors like Vivacious Red, Lively Blue, Animated Yellow and more. The color you choose can either complement or give contrast to your exterior scheme.

Tip #5: Use Color Creatively
Walls are the obvious choice when it comes to decorating with color, but what about islands, ceilings, countertops and flooring? Go bold in an all-white kitchen by painting your island bright blue or light yellow. Consider an accent ceiling in your bedroom, dining room, or home office.

decorating with color gold kitchen fixtures

Tip #6: Consider Your Fixtures
Offset gold fixtures with dark colors like black, dark blue, forest green or royal purple to create a dazzling and dramatic effect. Silver fixtures look best when paired with fresh, cool colors like white, mint and other pastels. 

Tip #7: Be Color Forward
A home’s resale value can be greatly impacted by the colors it contains. Consider choosing at least one of these top trending paint colors to ensure you’re making a color forward choice that will be coveted for years to come.

Tip #8: Light It Up
Natural light plays a huge role when it comes to adding color to your home’s interior, because it highlights each and every hue. The higher the color’s Light Reflectance Value (LRV), the brighter it will appear when natural light hits it. The problem is, if you don’t have enough natural or artificial light, no paint color’s LRV can save a dark room.

Consider replacing smaller windows with more expansive windows, which will increase the amount of light coming into your home and illuminate colors with ease. Our experienced window installers can help you if you have questions about how window installation works.

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An Instagram enthusiast and tiny house fanatic, Kolbie is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on social media and brand strategy. In true Iowa fashion, her free time varies by season. You can find her in the gym coaching high school basketball throughout the winter, attempting to roller blade through downtown Des Moines in the spring, and sipping iced coffee on the back of a boat every other chance she gets.