Color Scheming: Why I Chose a Home Color Scheme

by Katherine
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Choosing paint colors, as I’m sure you agree, is one of the most fun and difficult aspects of home decorating. You get to play around with color and use your imagination. Plus paint collections have such creative names — who doesn’t want their walls tradewind blue or sea salt gray or indigo batik? But this is where so many of us get lost — in the whirl of color — and then our homes end up speckled like a rainbow with each space a different hue. I am totally guilty of this in past houses. With 515 Vista I am determined to stick to a home color scheme, and here is why…

One of my main goals for the decoration and design of our new house is to have cohesion and harmony throughout the spaces. This doesn’t mean boring rooms or white-washing the walls. But it does mean selecting a color scheme for the whole house. I also know that my furniture and accessories will be on the eclectic side with a mix of modern and antique pieces. A home color scheme will counteract this mix to create harmony.

The colors I’ve selected are on the cool side with blue predominating. I like the calming effect of blue, and according to Feng Shui it is supposed to inspire confidence and wisdom. Well, we could all use a little more of that!

The colors are all from Sherwin Williams HGTV Home Collection at Lowe’s. They are basalt powder, tradewind blue, interesting aqua, into the gloaming, and fundamental white.

In terms of room layout, our new house is very traditional. Open concept was not on the agenda when this house was built nor are we planning on opening up many walls. We like having separate areas for the formal living room, office, dining room, and den. But I still want the spaces to flow, and with all of these spaces so clearly delineated color is the main way I can achieve that flow. This will also aid in creating harmony.
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  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Sep 30, 2016
    I have thought about it since I first read it and pinned it and have decided that first floor that are public places will be in a scheme and bedrooms can represent the person sleeping there. The master is on second floor but if I like it and see these colors scattered throughout my house now I must like them so that room will carry colors just in different hue. Thanks and I am having L shaped LR and DR done now so I have a Plat form. Thank you
  • Amanda Dill Welsch Amanda Dill Welsch on Aug 28, 2019

    Hi Katherine! Just found this via Pinterest. I'm in the same boat now as you were ... at the time of this blog. Good info & you really put into words ... why I'm so stressed about choosing a paint scheme for our new house. I made so many mistakes the first go-around. I want to get it right this time! ;) And guess where I am? Farragut. Small world!