10 Designer Tricks for Picking a Perfect Color Palette

For most homeowners, their ideal space is one combining comfort and interior design that suits their personal style. Whether you’re designing your space from a completely blank canvas or hoping to breathe new life into a particular room, it is a challenge to know exactly where to start. Creating an interior design color palette is an excellent place to begin. It’s like looking at a design roadmap for choosing furniture and accessories that will complement each other and contribute to the overall look you want to achieve.

At Colorado Casual Furniture, our goal is to help you create a space that not only feels good but looks good too. It’s entirely possible to find comfortable, budget-friendly pieces that combine form and function, pulling together your home’s aesthetic while still serving their purpose. For our Colorado team, interior design is a major part of the support we provide to our customers, making your furniture shopping experience easy and successful. One of our top recommendations for our customers is to create a simple color palette for their room or home before coming in to browse our selection.

Here are the top 10 designer tricks that we’ve found helpful when creating the perfect color palette for your home:

1. Go neutral for large pieces.

When you’re choosing a large piece like a sofa or sectional, picking a neutral color gives you the flexibility to add color in small, intentional doses. For example, our Artemis sectional is an ideal neutral background for building a relaxing color palette.

2. Build your color scheme off of the most significant pattern in the space.

According to HGTV, if you want to include a large piece with patterned upholstery, like our Mia swivel chair, it’s important to use that piece as the basis of your color scheme. Pick out the neutral shades in the pattern for wall color and brighter shades for pops of colors throughout the room.

3. Use dark to light shades in a vertical structure.

Keeping darker colors, like the deep black of the Tina chair, on the floor is an easy trick to balance your space. Designer Mark McCauley recommends visually stacking dark colors first, then medium shades, then the lightest up at higher levels.

4. Begin with your home’s most formal spaces.

Typically, formal spaces, like the dining room or foyer, are the most dramatic areas of your home. HGTV advises homeowners to start with creating the color scheme for those rooms, then pull it through in subtle ways to less formal rooms, to create a cohesive design.

5. Use the color wheel.

Basic design principles mention how colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as green and blue, are perfect for creating a relaxing environment. Basic color wheel rules can help you achieve the feel you want for any room.

6. Take a hint from your clothes.

If you aren’t sure what color palette you might want for your home, peek into your closet. For most people, their wardrobe is a good baseline for a color scheme that fits their personality.

7. Add a dose of black.

Every color scheme needs a bit of black, according to designer Mark McCauley. It serves to clarify all of the other colors in the room and can add just the right touch of sophistication. For example, the classic Pearl barstool adds black subtly and stylishly, while highlighting the other colors in the room.

8. Keep a ratio of 60-30-10.

McCauley also designs his spaces with the 60-30-10 rule in mind: 60 percent of a room’s color scheme can be one dominant shade (for example, the paint color), 30 percent can be a secondary color in the form of upholstery and furniture, and 10 percent can be a third main color in the room’s accessories.

9. Create a balance of warm and cool shades.

Designer Brian Dittmar carefully crafts spaces that are both relaxing and interesting by choosing a mix of warm and cool colors for every room’s color scheme. This approach adds just enough spice to neutral colors to keep the design from being too dull.

10. When in doubt, go with black and white.

Experienced designers like Tobi Fairley know there’s one basic color scheme that never goes out of style: black and white. If you want something timeless but distinctive, choose a mix of pieces in the two shades – like the black Gabriel bed – and then accent with small pieces in a few other colors.

Once you create a design color palette you love, visit Colorado Casual Furniture in Westminster or Centennial, and find the furniture pieces that perfectly fit your vision. The teams at our Centennial furniture store and Westminster furniture store are here to help you choose pieces that match your style, color palette, and budget so that you can create the space of your dreams.