Rules to Live By
A little tip can go a long way in making a space more than just painted walls. The tips here require very little, if any, extra work, but the payoff is a more designed, more beautiful, more personalized space!
Choose paint color last
Choose your flooring, fabrics and window treatments first and coordinate your paint color from there.
Don't hold paint chips to walls
Hold your paint chips next to your furniture, flooring and window treatments to see how it will coordinate.
Interior color scheme
Use our color tools to find your perfect interior colors.
Exterior color scheme
Use our color tools to find your perfect exterior colors.
Color is the best way to transform a room.
- Color is the one design element that can completely transform a room.
- Painting is the least expensive and easiest way to refresh a space.
- Adding color to white walls can make a huge difference, but to be sure you've selected the right color for your space, visit the paint color visualizer.
Choose the most noticeable wall in the room for your accent wall.
Ceilings and trim
Hide or highlight your ceilings or trim with paint.
Covering all the surfaces of a room in one color makes it feel larger.
- Choose a warm and rich, or soft and soothing hue, and envelope the space in it, including the ceiling.
- One unified color fades defining lines, which enhances the coziness of the space and makes it feel larger.
Team colors or earthy tones can create a clubhouse atmosphere.
- These spaces are usually separate from the rest of the house (i.e. garage, game room, media room) so the color here doesn't need to match the rest of the house.
- Choose a sporty green, earthy brown or favorite team color to create a clubhouse atmosphere.
Inspiring Paint Tips
Color Collects Clutter
Collect clutter or showcase collectibles with paint.
Painting one side of a hallway a different, darker color than the other can reduce the tunnel effect.
Have a favorite piece of art – pull colors from there for your walls.
If you have a piece of art that you love, but don't know how to decorate around it, choose your two favorite colors from the piece and use them in various instances throughout the room.
Pull inspiration from your wardrobe.
- Head to your closet for inspiration.
- If there is a specific color or colors that you love to wear you may also love them on your walls.
Find colors from your favorite vacation spot to bring into your home.
- Get away at home!
- If the beach is your favorite vacation spot, look there for inspirational beiges, greens and blues.
- Love the woods? Look for deep, earthy browns and greens to feel close to nature.
Selecting the right white
Whites should only be used intentionally – not as a default color.
- If you use clean white, make sure your décor calls for a clean white.
- If your décor is warm, choose a creamy white to add warmth to the setting.
- Add softness with a tint of your favorite color.
Repeat colors in a room at least twice to create a unified flow.
- Use your wall color at least one other time in your space, either in a throw pillow or a small accent piece.
- The repeated color will help to pull your style together.
Introduce small pops of color while still maintaining a soft, neutral overall look.
If you prefer a crisp, neutral palette in your space, keep your furnishings and walls neutral and introduce small touches of color in your décor accessories.