85140HAs you flip through the glossy pages of design magazines, there are countless images of expertly-designed homes that are decorated in a way that seems to flow seamlessly from room to room. This is because designers consider each room in terms of its relation to another and choose colours that work together in harmony. This is especially important given the popularity of open concept homes, though not everyone hires a designer or has a knack for design. In most cases, choosing complementary paint colours can be tricky, so most homeowners end up picking one colour for an entire floor. But if you want to bring your walls to life, consider the following when picking colours for your home:

What is the mood you want the space to reflect?

Depending on whether you choose warm, neutral or cool colours, you can create a space that helps to set a particular mood. Warm tones create a space that is inviting and gives off a positive energy. Neutrals create a space that is cozy yet balanced as they complement various looks and stay relevant over time. Cool colours create a space that is relaxing and provide styling options for either an urban or coastal feel.

What is your personal sensibility – bold, balanced or subtle?

To create a bold space, combine colours in the same family – such as red and pink – but separate them with a clean and crisp neutral. For a balanced space, create a single accent wall featuring a saturated colour and surround it with more neutral tones. In a subtle space, use shades that are similar in tone and intensity. For this kind of room, use accent pieces to keep it on trend and in style.

Great design should reflect the homeowner’s personality and should be more fun than difficult. HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams has compiled 16-designer inspired colour collections to take the guesswork out of picking a cohesive colour palette for any home and style.


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