Attractive room color schemes can be the biggest visual asset of your home. They're often much more important than grand architecture or fine furniture.
You can use interior design color schemes to create easy, instant flair.
Even so-so rooms will start to look seriously good when you dress them up in the right colors!
(This works both ways, of course. I've been in plenty of well designed rooms that someone had managed to ruin with the help of an awful color palette.)
The page about Great Color Combinations has color combination charts for every major color family.
You can use them for room color palettes and interior design colors...
... but also as a source of general color decorating ideas for giftwrap, table settings, party decor, craft projects (even fashion).
A) Bedroom Colors:
Infuse your bedroom with interior design colors that complement your style perfectly. For starters, check out Bedroom Colors, a gallery of bedroom decor photos.
Do you want your bedroom to be a zen-like retreat or a sumptuous boudoir? Do you want it to exude sexy, seductive energy, or heavenly calm? Do you want to use it as a workspace during the day, or is your bedroom the ultimate fantasy space?
And there's more:
B) Living Room Color Schemes:
Living room colors can make or break one of the most-used rooms in the house!
You'll find 6½ color schemes for living rooms (including plenty of living room paint ideas) on the Living Room Colors page, and three more color schemes for living rooms in the article about an 'Out-of-Africa'-inspired Living Room Makeover.
Also, do check out other Dream Home Decorators' Living Room Before & Afters for more color ideas!
It's easier said than done, and I can't tell you how many people get stuck and frustrated in the process.
The page about Choosing Interior Design Colors takes you, step by step through the process of assessing
♦ what colors you like
♦ what colors you already have in the room (checklist)
♦ what colors the room 'needs' (a checklist), and
♦ how to pull all of the above together.
Interior Design Colors 101 is a step-by-step, illustrated guide to choosing room color schemes and interior wall colors:
♦ how to do a color inventory,
♦ how to deal with colors that don't fit in,
♦ how to create decorating color schemes from scratch,
♦ how to use neutral colors intelligently to make decorating easier.
To help you create room color schemes that work, there's also a step-by-step guide to choosing the right Interior Paint Color combinations - have a look at that if you're not sure how to put interior design colors together in a room.
When you're (re-)decorating, hold off on the wall colors as long as you can.
There's always a bigger choice of paints than of fabrics, carpets & furniture.
Ideas For Decorating Color Schemes:
If you're stumped for paint color ideas and don't know where to start looking, here are a few pages for you.
Interior Paint Color Ideas is about 'collecting' color inspiration, and specifically, what to do with this inspiration once you've found it.
The article about researching Decorating Color Scheme ideas walks you through all the resources you could use to find new color scheme ideas.
French Room Color Schemes:
Need decorating color schemes for a "French" room? Interior design colors in France vary greatly by region, so you'll find information about French interior paint color combinations on different pages:
Tuscan Room Color Schemes:
Tuscany has glorious, earthy colors to paint a room - or the whole house - and fill it with the warmth and magic of a Tuscan summer.
Draw your inspiration from the colors of the countryside, the ancient homes and palazzi, and add color accents reminiscent of fresh, ripe fruits and flowers in full bloom to an earth tone color scheme.
All the pictures are original photos I took on a working trip to Tuscany. When you're done reading the page about
cast an eye over the photos on the other 'Tuscan' pages as well, starting with
Tuscan Decorating Style Secrets, for more color inspiration.
Neutral Room Colors:
Neutrals are an excellent foundation for most decorating color schemes. The more you know about them, the better use you can make of them!
Visit the Neutral Color Palettes page for a taster of the possibilities - and pitfalls - of decorating with neutral color schemes.
Neutrals are so important that I've written an e-book about how to use them. It's full of illustrated room color schemes, and takes you through different aspects of using neutrals to color a room. Themes include
The e-book is free, and comes with a subscription to my (equally free) quarterly e-zine, Dream Home News. Check out the e-book, Stylish Neutrals, here!
When you know the basics of color theory, creating great room color schemes becomes so much easier.
I suggest you check out:
Oh, and did I mention Color Psychology? Very interesting stuff. Because once you know the rules for creating room color schemes, you can go ahead and break them properly :-)