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Choosing the Right Colour Palette for your Home Remodel

The colour scheme that you choose for your home matters in several ways. First, you need the right colour combination if your home is to appear aesthetically pleasing. Secondly, colours have the power to invoke your emotions and change the mood of a room. You want a colour palette choice that will invoke the right emotions and set the right mood in your entire home.

However, choosing a perfect colour palette for you isn’t that easy. Too much, or too little coordination will inevitably leave your home feeling chaotic and sometimes even a little overwhelming. This article is intended to give you tips for choosing the right colour scheme for your house remodel for the best aesthetic feel and the right atmosphere.

Find an Inspiration

Going through stores’ paint brochures or numerous designs on Pinterest can be overwhelming. Save yourself the trouble by finding inspiration within or around you. Think of home decoration trends you have seen and which ones could work for you. You can start by asking yourself how you want your home to feel. Do you want it to feel fresh? Then foliage and flowers can be your inspiration. You want a cheery or bright feel; go for colours that bring out those atmospheres. You can also find inspiration from your favourite painting, your favourite colour or any other item that you like. Pick the specific shades that inspire you from these items to work with. 

Highlight your Personal Style

You will love your home more if you decorate it honestly. Take some time to think of stunning ideas for your space. You might like a trendy colour scheme today, but if it doesn’t suit your personal style, you will start loathing it soon after.

Unfortunately, changing a colour palette every few months is completely unrealistic. Rather than getting stuck with a colour that you don’t like, look honestly in your style and preferences. Don’t rush to choose a colour because it is trendy, or it looks good on someone else’s home. No matter what your preference is, other people will learn to appreciate it because it is your choice.

Use the 60-30-10 Rule

For your home to have a good cohesive flow, you need to have a good balance of all the colours that you have chosen. A good rule of thumb is to use the 60-30-10 rule to help you find a proper balance. This means around 60% goes to the base colour that you like most, 30% for the second colour, and 10% for the accent colour. It is advisable to stick to just three colours to avoid a chaotic result.

Test Sightlines and Lighting

Colour is ideally a reflection of light. For this reason, the amount of light and the source of light in a room will affect the colour choices in the room. It is important to test how light from the sun and light fixtures affect the colours in the room. In addition, you need to consider the sightlines. This is how colours in a room appear when viewed from other rooms.

To test these two, paint your colour scheme on poster boards and place them in rooms. You will need to visit the rooms at different times of the day to see the effect of light on the colours. Stand where you have a view to other rooms and see if the colour scheme in each room ties well together. You can relocate the poster boards to different rooms or try the test with another colour until you find the one that works best.

Don't Forget the Rugs

Besides pillows, vases, and other accessories, rugs play a big part in how a colour palette comes out in a room. How do you choose the best rug for your rooms?

It is important to choose a colour that complements the other colours in the room. Consider the colour on the walls, furniture, and curtains in a room when selecting the right colour for your rug. For instance, if your curtains or blinds and primary furniture are in solid colour, consider a patterned rug. The rug should have accents of the colours on the wall, drapes, and other accessories. If your primary furniture is patterned, consider a solid colour for the rug. However, ensure that the solid colour complements the other colours in the room.

The type of rug that you choose really depends on your lifestyle. For instance, if you have kids or a pet, you will most likely be considering synthetic rug materials, as these are the best options! It is always advised to avoid natural rug materials (especially wool) when dealing with pets as these shed easily, and a pet on the rug will exacerbate the shedding.

Work with Experts

Experts have the experience needed to give you invaluable guidance in choosing the right colour scheme for your home remodel. If you find it overwhelming, consult designers or colour consultants to help you out. It is also important to contact a general contractor to help you implement the home remodelling design idea that you have.


Choosing a colour scheme for your home remodel can be daunting. However, it can be done with a bit of research and an honest assessment of your personal style. Find your inspiration to get you started. Apply the 60-30-10 rule and test for sightlines and lighting on poster boards. In addition, consider your colour scheme when choosing the area rugs. If it becomes overwhelming, don’t shy away from hiring help from the experts.

  • Posted On: 27 August 2021

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