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3 Ways to Color Your World: How to Choose Paint Colors for Your Home

When it comes to choosing paint colors for your home, it’s all about picking focal points or a featured piece. The focal point can be something in every room, like floor tiles or carpeting, or it can be more unique like a quilt in the guest room or a big mirror on the wall. It’s really up to you! Freedom and almost infinite choices make decorating fun, but let’s face it, it can be stressful for the same reason.

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While this can feel overwhelming with so many options to choose from, you can set the tone with one of three basic color schemes:

  1. Monochromatic: Variations on One Color

    This approach tends to be easiest. Say you have a plain room, like the photo above, and your focal point is the green plants. Your monochromatic choice would mean green for your paint color. To choose, just flip to the green section of your paint swatches, and select what greens you’d like to use.

  2. Complimentary: Opposites on the Color Wheel

    “Complimentary colors” may be a phrase you recall from art class. These are simply colors that fall opposite of one another on the color wheel. Using our green plants as the focal point, find green on the color wheel. Directly across from green, notice that pink falls as its complimentary color. A great hack is using a color wheel with different shading like this one, to compare how bold you’d like your tones to be. Against clean, white decor such as the room above, a pink wall with green plants would really make the green accents pop. 

  3. Neutral: Versatile & Classic to Help Your Pieces Stand Out

    Sometimes you’re not ready to decorate yet, but you have to choose a wall color. Maybe you really like to move your furniture around and aren’t sure what featured piece will be consistent. Maybe you prefer the minimalist look. Don’t worry! Neutrals are to the rescue. The word neutral means “without color” in this case, and they help show off your decorative pieces to pop against a plain backdrop. These color classics include beige, grey, shades of white, black, and shades of brown, and offer years of flexibility for years to come.

Looking for furniture or a mattress for your new home? Maybe a fun focal point accessory to get you started? Check out our popular Elephant Table Lamp or some of our bedroom dressers and mirrors to get inspired today!

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Kelley is a professional copywriter and content strategist at American Freight Furniture and Mattress. In other words, she does words.