How to Choose a Color Scheme

Discover your color preferences with eight tips for picking perfect color palettes.

  • This living room, designed by Jill E. Hertz, incorporates a bold color scheme from the modern area rug. Red, purple and a beige-yellow are echoed in the sofa fabric and walls, which give vibrancy to an entertainment space flooded with natural light.
  • Phyllis Harbinger mimics nature in this traditional living room: deep wood flooring and carpets, followed by medium-toned beige walls and furniture, and topped with a crisp, white ceiling.
  • Complementary colors — those opposite each other on the wheel, such as red and green — provide more definition and tend to make rooms more formal and exciting. This is a good plan for areas where you plan on entertaining, like this dining nook by designer Sue Adams. (Photo by Sam Gray)
  • This powder room, designed by Susan Fredman & Associates, Ltd., is robed in recycled leather scraps and accented with bronze fixtures — a sexy color palette that makes the space intimate. (Photo by Nick Novelli of Novelli Photodesign)
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