Color Swatches Have You Confused? Here’s Your Go-To Guide

By October 22, 2019 June 24th, 2020 Interior Design Tips

color swatches for modern interior design

Designing your home involves a variety of choices. Every inch of your home can make a statement when done right, from the layout of the space to the wall fixtures. In a modern space, there are hundreds of ways you can turn your house into a home. One area that our interior designers are focusing on for the upcoming year is color schemes on your wall space.

In recent years, many homeowners have leaned towards neutral paint colors rather than utilize the space to their benefit. In fact, paint color can have a significant psychological and aesthetic impact on a room. Whichever color scheme you choose, you can make your space feel cozy, modern, contemporary, dramatic, or plain. It all depends on your choices.

Along with the mental impacts a color makes, the colors you pick can also tie your space together or throw it off. That is one of the reasons many homeowners leaned towards less impactful colors. However, you can easily overcomplicate your color scheme decisions. To help you make the right choice, here is our go-to guide.


Step One: Make a Plan

Before you head to your local paint shop, you must have a plan. Designing a space that fits into your home requires you consider what else will go into the room. You must understand what other elements are in the area. Whether you have a blank canvas to work with or are re-decorating your current space, it’s a good idea to have a plan. Keep the rest of your home in mind throughout the color swatching process, and it’ll help you narrow down your choices.

It will also help to envision your dream home. Keep in mind that changing up the color scheme of your home will dramatically affect the look and feel of your home. Fortunately, paint can always be swapped out, so have fun, and don’t be afraid of making a mistake.


Step Two: Hue Matters More than Shade

One of the secrets experienced interior designers understand is that hue is more critical than shade. While you are picking out your paint color, begin by choosing the tone (i.e., red, white, blue, black, grey). Then narrow it down to the shade. You can also get into values, saturation, and finish, which makes a difference in the impact of the colors.

The best way to describe the difference in these values is by looking at bright cobalt blue versus a deep shade of dark blue. These shades give a space a completely different feel than the other. Depending on how you want your space to feel, you can make the right choice. You can also bring color swatches into your home to better understand how it feels in the space.

hue vs shade modern color swatches

Step Three: Experiment

There is no reason that you shouldn’t give paint colors a try. Nothing makes a bigger difference than bringing the color into your home. Not only can the layout make a difference in how a paint color looks, but the lighting can, as well. If you are afraid of sampling the color on your actual wall, try putting it on a poster board and hanging it up on the walls that you intend on painting. This makes it easy to manipulate and swap out for different colors.

modern pink living room paint color

Step Four: Know the Difference Between Complementary and Analogous

When picking your color schemes, there are two ways you can go: complementary or analogous. Complementary color schemes involve colors that lie across from each other on the color wheel. These schemes tend to have a more calming effect on the mind and are great for bedrooms and peaceful spaces. Analogous includes colors that sit next to each other on the wheel. These tend to be more dramatic and stimulating, which works well for game rooms and spaces dedicated to activity. You can decide which works for you, depending on the function and mood you want to create.

modern table & kitchen chairs with modern light fixtures

Step Five: Make It Your Own

Don’t decide on paint colors based on what’s trendy. Choose the color scheme that works for you and have fun! Don’t be afraid to use bold colors that work well with our home. Painting your walls is an excellent way of changing the look and feel of your home. You can even try adding accent wallpaper or painting a mural. Whatever you choose is up to you. Don’t stress and give the paint a try. Remember, you can always paint over the colors you don’t love. Plus, it makes it easy to swap out when you are ready for another update.

If you are still having a hard time finding the perfect color scheme for your home, give our experts a call. We would love to help!