Create a Quick & Easy Room Color Scheme

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    Create a Quick & Easy Room Color Scheme

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    Picking a wall color for a room can be a hard decision or choosing the color of a sofa can take much deliberation, but when decorating a room, these aren’t the only color decisions that need to be made.

    The most beautiful rooms have a natural flow and balance that is greatly helped by a well-planned color palette. Many feel overwhelmed at the thought of choosing one color, much more so with the idea of putting together an entire color scheme, but this three-step decision process will help you...MORE create a room color scheme quickly and easily.

    To make you feel more comfortable with this process, you will only have to choose three colors. And we’ll tell you how to pull the entire room – and possibly your entire home – together with the color scheme formula of three, all in three easy steps!

    Look closely! In this gorgeous room above, featured over at Better Homes & Gardens, the color scheme is built around three colors. Our three easy steps can show you how to pull off a beautiful color scheme like this also. To learn more about this gorgeous room, visit Better Homes & Gardens and see another perfect example of a stunning yet surprisingly simple color scheme here.
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    Quick & Easy Room Color Scheme: Step 1

    © Tonya Lee
    Step 1:
    Choose your room or home’s main, or dominant, color. This will be your launching point for the other colors and the common denominator that will tie everything else together.This color is typically a neutral, but if you absolutely love soft turquoise or sage green, feel free to use it!
    If you really have no idea where to begin with your main color, knowing a bit about color personality may help, or ask yourself these questions in this article. More color information can be found here.
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    Quick & Easy Room Color Scheme: Step 2

    © Tonya Lee
    Step 2:
    Now choose two accent colors. These can be soft or bold, cool or warm, or one of each. Whatever you choose, you will want to make sure of two things.
    First, that you love the colors. No matter how pretty the color scheme is, if you can’t imagine yourself living with these colors day in and day out for years, if they don’t fit your style or personality, they won’t work.Second, that they balance the main color you chose in Step 1. For example, if you chose a cool gray as your dominant color,...MORE you may want to look to a warm color as one of your accents. If your dominant color is bold, you may want to keep these colors soft or neutrals. In the example above, I balanced my warm khaki and warm coral by choosing a cool periwinkle blue as my secondary accent color.
    If you are struggling with decision making at this point, take a look at your closet or the furniture and decor you already have. This will tell you if you gravitate toward cool or warm colors, or if you really enjoy bold colors or tend toward neutrals. (For more great tips on choosing colors, see our article.)
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    Quick & Easy Room Color Scheme: Step 3

    © Tonya Lee
    Step 3:
    Now you want to add a third layer to your color scheme, which will be varying shades of your two accent colors.If you are more experienced with color choices, you could also add varying shades of your dominant color. For example, if your dominant color is on your walls, your sofa may be a lighter shade of this color and your rug a darker shade.If this is a bit confusing to you, try adding a shade lighter and a shade darker than your accent color, like I did in the example above. This...MORE allows you more color choices without making the room look like it is overwhelmed with too much color (a common beginner color mistake).However, don’t feel limited by only two different shades of your accent colors. When choosing decor pieces and fabrics for your room, this is a great place to use varying shades of your accent colors in patterns and textures. This will give your room a richness and depth, and will keep your room from becoming too matchy-matchy.
    Don’t forget that natural fibers such as baskets and sisal or jute rugs, along with wood flooring and furniture, will add other “colors” to the room and give your space even greater depth and interest. Also, even the outdoors viewable through windows add further interest to a room, and lighting will modify the existing colors even further, creating a space that is ever changing throughout the day.
    With all of this color action going on, you may be the only one that ever realizes your room, or even your entire home, only has three colors. Shhhh, it's our secret. Just let others think you are a color wizard!