Developing a Color Palette

Making a color palette helps immeasurably in the redecorating process. It gives you clarity and ensures your vision will work harmoniously, as well as ironing out any kinks early on. If you’ve never developed a color palette before, don’t worry as it’s an easy and fun technique that can be used for every type of style and room.

Start With Color Theory

A great way to begin, this is a psychological theory which suggests every color infers a different emotion. For example, orange implies warmth and optimism, purple imagination, brown nature and comfort, black sophistication. Find a full table of all colors and use them to help create the mood of the room.

Use a Color Wheel

Color wheels can help you match different shades together ensuring they all complement each other. This age old guide helps to create color schemes by logically matching literally every color under the rainbow. Experiment and see what feels right – you can find several websites online that do the hard work for you as there are many different avenues explore, such as monochromatic or analogous matches.

Add Neutrals

Neutral shades help to break up bolder and brighter colors, and they have to be chosen with just as much care and attention. Choose at least four, even if you have only one in mind – you might surprise yourself. Add more gray, black, or white to a neutral shade from a different effect.

Use Images

If you’re finding it hard to develop using just color, try finding images you like instead. Not just of decor but all manner of things including art pieces, nature, clothing – pretty much anything you can think of. A good tool for this is Pinterest.


Contrast is another important element to play around with (think about white text on a black background as opposed to a light grey) Contrast makes a room pop, so use different colors for art, flooring, and ornaments to make them standout. Remember experimentation is key, it’s important to find what works for your home and your style.