Choosing the best color scheme for your home

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If you’re starting a new design project, choosing a color scheme for your home may seem like it’s the first thing you need to do. Your home, after all, will be your sanctuary, as well as a place to entertain family and friends. You want a space that reflects your personal style and interests. So, you start flipping through magazines, reading design blogs, and scrolling through Instagram to find the perfect residential color scheme.

But if you can’t find the perfect color palette for your home, know that it’s okay!


It’s a long-term commitment to paint the walls, choose the right upholstery, and display the perfect artwork. Finding your home’s color palette inspiration will happen, but it takes a little patience. Most of our clients are surprised to learn that color palettes for homes aren’t finalized before the project starts. They usually come together during the design process.


You might be asking yourself how we help you choose a color palette for your home. At Laura U, our process starts with us asking you a ton of questions. This allows us to get to know you, your style, your personality and learn about your lifestyle. All this information shows us the trends in what you like and helps us determine the perfect home color scheme that best reflects you.

You homes color palette is determined by its surroundings

The style of your home is also something we take into consideration. Whether the architectural design is transitional, contemporary or coastal, we want the color palette we choose to complement the lines of your home as well. Though I don’t follow all the design rules, there are certain colors that work better with certain design styles. We want to ensure the color scheme we select works with your home’s style to create a cohesive design.
Color is a huge part of any interior design project and we want to make sure your home represents you to a ‘T’! This week I’m sharing some examples of color palettes for homes we designed for our clients.

Home Color Scheme #1: Natural and Earthy Hues

Earthy browns are some of my favorite colors. They’re warm, inviting and bring a rich, natural vibe to the space. You can pair them with other neutrals of course, but they also work with fall pastels and deep jewel tones. Remember, if you’re using earthy hues, you want to keep your color palette simple. Layering these natural hues with metallic accents, textured elements and architectural pieces add depth and visual interest to the design. This open concept dining room and living room uses a color palette of browns and creams which is anything but boring. The gold framed mirror, stunning dining chairs and geometric metallic light fixtures bring a rich, luxe feeling to the space. A natural, earthy decor color scheme is perfect for boho or Moroccan style designs. In this bohemian inspired seating area, we chose to use cream as the dominate color. We paired it with hints of orange and blue, wood accents, and lots of whimsical patterns. The cream color reflects the natural light from the windows and makes the room feel more spacious. And it prevents the space from becoming overwhelmed by all the patterned pieces. The color palette creates a cozy and relaxed space with an exotic flair. Boho color schemes work for laidback homeowners

Home Color Scheme #2: Mid-Century

The mid-century style is characterized by clean lines, mixed textures and classic designs like the Eames Chair. This style uses color palettes that pair traditional neutrals like brown and white with more vibrant hues like golden yellow and turquoise. It’s a timeless style that gives a room character, while allowing the design details to take center stage. As we were designing this mid-century inspired living room, we wanted to give the classic color palette a modern twist. We chose to use navy and deep gold as the main colors for this living room. Set against crisp white walls, the gorgeous navy and cream rug anchors the space while the gold light fixture adds a luxe touch. To bring in texture and detail, we selected a sheepskin bench, a tufted white leather ottoman and incorporated some beautiful millwork around the fireplace. It’s a modern, contemporary space that highlights texture and visual simplicity. Midcentury homes require a midcentury color scheme

Home Color Scheme #3: Traditional 

I love color, and colors pop brighter against a traditional scheme. Whites and creams are perfect for reflecting natural light and make any room feel more spacious. They’re clean, sophisticated and have a timeless elegance to them. Decorating with colors like these gives you a fresh background for showcasing design elements like texture, statement lighting, and art. They work in any style home and with any other colors. This airy and bright living room begs you to sit on the couch and relax with a glass of wine. We chose to use a cream drapery fabric to allow for lots of natural light to fill the room. Linen fabric on the furnishings give the space a more casual feel, while the distressed wood chandelier and footstools add a textural element. The contemporary art piece on the wall and sculptural geometric on the coffee table make the space feel modern and Classically Current.   Traditional home color palettes help colors pop

Home Color Scheme #4: Modern & Masculine 

Structure, sleek lines, and dark, moody hues define modern and masculine designs. The traditional decor color scheme for this style includes black, dark grays, and white paired with stainless steel. It’s a classic combination that doesn’t go out of style.
The best part about choosing a black and white color palette for your home is how versatile it is. It works with softer colors like lilac or with pops of bold color like yellow and you can mix it with any metal. And of course, you can use this color palette with any interior design style.

Modern, masculine color palettes get a feminine twist in this kitchen In this modern kitchen, the traditional masculine color palette gets a feminine twist thanks to the bright gold accents and a pop of yellow. The bright gold pendant lights provide a warm contrast to the cool stainless steel appliances. And a bouquet of fresh yellow flowers with a bowl of lemons brightens up the space and breaks up the black and white. The curved pendant lights and bar stools with a textured white fabric bring softness to the crisp lines of the kitchen. It’s an edgy, but oh-so-chic kitchen space.

When in Doubt, Mix in Color

Committing to a color, especially if you haven’t used a lot of in in your interiors in the past, can be scary. If you don’t want to commit to a specific hue, start with a neutral color palette and add in pops of color. Whether you decide to use colors that are bold and bright or colors that are soft and muted, they add personality to any space.
There are plenty of ways to incorporate color into your designs that don’t require the commitment of painting your walls. You can create an accent wall with a fun temporary wallpaper, add decorative pillows to your bed or hang a gorgeous piece of art. There are an endless number of ways to incorporate color into your interior design.

Pops of color go with any home's color scheme!

In this family room, we selected a color palette of white and pewter gray. The decorative navy pillows create depth and richness to the design, while the pops of orange add a fun, playful vibe. The patterned window treatments add visual interest, but choosing to use a light blue fabric ensures they aren’t competing for your attention. It’s a laid back but polished space both kids and adults will love relaxing in.
Whether you’re building a new home or completing a renovation, I hope the color palettes for homes I shared gave you some new inspiration. Remember though, choosing a color palette for your home isn’t something you have to do all at one time. The important thing to keep in mind as you’re selecting your home decor color scheme is that it reflects your style and personality.
We’d love to work with you to select the perfect color palette for your home. Drop us a line to get started today!