How to Create a Color Palette for your Home Redesign

The color palette of a room sets the tone, so it is important that the colors of your home interior create a mood you feel comfortable in. For our Redesign Service, we always start by identifying a color palette with our client. This helps guide us in all of our future decisions for paint, furniture, accessories, and soft goods. If you are considering a redesign and changing the look of a room in your home, identifying a color palette is very helpful if you aren't sure where to start. Below are tips to help you determine a color palette that is a reflection of you.Find inspiration onlineIf you are starting with a blank canvas, we would recommend going to design-seeds.com for inspiration. This site has hundreds of color palettes derived from beautiful photos. It is helpful to browse the site and save any of the ones you feel the most drawn to. From there you can look at them together and see if you have any repeating colors. For example, below are two of my favorites:

plum and blue colors

plum and blue colors

Right away I see that both photos have colors of blues and plums. Now I have a direction to start from. To further narrow down how I would like to incorporate these colors into a room, I would do a Google image search for interiors with these colors. This is a great way to get a sense of how you'd like to integrate these colors - do you like deep plum walls or just small pops of these colors in an otherwise neutral room.Take cues from other rooms in your homeWhether they know it or not, many times our redesign clients already have developed a color palette for their home. We recently were on a redesign consultation and the woman had hints of soft blues, golds, and soft reds in every room. If we notice there are repeating colors room after room, we know that these colors make the client feel the best and we continue with this color palette.It is good to have repeating colors throughout your home because it creates a cohesive feel. We call this a "color story". The trick is to play up some colors more than others so every room isn't just a duplicate of another. Look around your home and see if you already have a color palette started in other rooms that you can carry over into the room you are redesigning.Create a color palette from a decor itemIf you already have a particular decor item that you know you want in your new room, such as a rug, pillow, piece of art, bedspread, etc. you can derive a color palette from this piece using Sherwin Williams Chip It! Color Tool.For example, say you've found a rug you like from Wayfair.com and plan on purchasing it for your redesign. You can easily import the picture of the rug into the Chip It! Color Tool and it shows you 10 Sherwin Williams paint colors that would work well with this rug. Not only do you have the name of Sherwin Williams paint that you can use on your walls, trim, moldings and ceiling, but you can use this to look for furniture, accessories, art, pillows, etc. in these hues.ikat area rug and neutral paint colorsFrom these colors identified by the Chip It! Color Tool, I was able to create this Photoshop photo of what the room would look like using this color palette. I "painted" the walls in Functional Gray and trim/ceiling in Extra White. The sofa color is an off white, similar to Antique White. I chose furniture with dark wood tones, much like Polished Mahogany. The accent chair is a deep gray, which mimics Chinchilla. Lastly, pillows and flowers were chosen in soft peach hues similar to Oak Creek and Ligonier Tan.
living room with gray walls and ikat area rugRemember, this is just one way to use the color palette. The options are endless and changing one element would change the entire look.If you decide to use one of these Sherwin Williams paint colors identified by the Chip It! Color Tool, remember to test the color first before actually painting, as artificial and natural lighting drastically alters the look of the color. For more help, you can download our Color Testing Guide.Click to DownloadCall us for a free Redesign Consultation if you need help with your redesign or developing a color palette.Save