- Step 1: Take a cue from pros Take a cue from the pros when you pick paint colors for interiors or exteriors by beginning with a standard color wheel.
- Step 2: Study color wheel relationships Study the relationships between primary, secondary and tertiary colors and understand that there are unlimited color options.
- TIP: Harmonize exterior paint colors with your landscape and neighborhood.
- Step 3: Choose monochromatic Choose a single color from the wheel, but vary the hue -- the lighter and darker versions of a color.
- Step 4: Create a complementary scheme Create a complementary color scheme by picking paint colors in opposite positions on the color wheel, keeping in mind that the best results include a dominant color balanced by a subtle tone of the opposite color.
- Step 5: Consider adjacent schemes Consider adjacent schemes using colors that are located next to one another on the color wheel and vary the color intensity.
- Step 6: Build triadic Build a triadic scheme: 3 colors located in equidistant locations from one another on the color wheel. Use 2 as accent colors.
- TIP: Take home chips of the colors you pick to make sure you like the way they look against your furnishings, woodwork, and carpets.
- Step 7: Have confidence Have confidence in the color wheel as a tool, but always pick colors you like to create a home reflecting your distinct personality.
- FACT: Early paint pigments included charcoal, dirt, and chalk.
You Will Need
- Standard color wheel
- Paint chips