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How to choose a color palette for your home?

Nothing better than a home renovation! If you are looking for a decorating project for your home, choosing a color palette is a basic rule that will help you give personality, balance, and harmony to your spaces.

Perhaps the phrase “color palette” sounds complicated, like a topic for design specialists, but with a little attention to detail, you can find a set of colors that harmonize with each other to give a professional touch to your decor.

The colors that define a palette

In a chromatic palette for decoration, we find three types of colors that are the basis for defining the design of a room: 

  • Primary: It is a neutral color that takes the greatest extension; it allows us to highlight the rest of the colors that we will use in the decoration. 
  • Tonic: It is the most powerful in terms of color and impact; it is used to set accents through very specific elements. 
  • Medium: It is a color that serves as a transition between the other two, but is closer to the tonic.
When it comes to applying a palette to the decoration, designers recommend choosing three colors that will be used in different proportions: The dominant will occupy 60% of the room; the secondary, 30%; while the tonic will only be in 10% and will be in charge of giving those dramatic and intense accents to a space. 

Neutrals are the base for our decoration and as we already mentioned, they occupy the most space in the room. We are talking about beige, white, and light gray tones. On this neutral canvas, we can play with other colors through paint, textures, materials, or accessories. 

When deciding your color palette you should look for a balance between cool colors (blue, purple, green) and warm colors (red, orange, yellow), as these are the ones that will allow you to articulate the chromatic palette, with transitions and decorative accents. 
To guide you with the choice of colors, you can resort to the classic color schemes:  
Monochromatic: Combines several shades of the same color.
Analogous: Use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.
Complementary: You choose colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel, which will result in a great contrast. 

What colors to pick for each room? 

Color schemes are very broad; you can apply these principles to create color palettes that suit your style, personality, needs, and interests.  

If this sounds too complicated, don't worry, you can be guided by established color palettes that you can easily find on social media sites like Pinterest. 

A recurring question is whether to apply the same color palette to every room in a home.  The answer is that each room can have its own personality and style because each one has different purposes, therefore, each one requires a different color to transmit different sensations; for example, in the living room, you can play with shocking colors, while in the bedroom it is preferable to use warm tones that make us feel calm.  

Defining the colors of our home goes hand in hand with the personality of each one of us. Although an interior designer can guide you in choosing attractive combinations, the important thing is that you and your family feel comfortable in every space of the house.

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