Question:

What colors should a DIY decorator work with when starting out?

3 August, 2021 Ralph Pekar 5

Answers (5):

  • AUTHOR: RANDY MISCHKE
    6 August, 2021

    When choosing color schemes for DIY projects, it's important to combine colors that feel good together for the person, not just ones that look pleasing.
    This is because we see colors in a different way than most people assume. We don't see them as the paints or other products on their own; instead, we see colors as energy and emotional levels. When you get right down to it, if you're doing your work with joy and wanting people who will be in your space feel relaxed and happy, then blend warm shades like reds or oranges with cool blues like purples. Avoid saturated yellows or dark browns at all costs!

  • AUTHOR: GEORGIANNA KAZMIERCZAK
    6 August, 2021

    It's not enough to know how to live with color. Color choice is just as important as the colors that you already have in your living space. Tasked with a blank canvas, most inexperienced decorators will choose bold colors and heavy patterns for furnishings, walls and window treatments, which can be overwhelming. Start with cozy neutrals with a touch of light color for contrast. Neutral tones allow you to easily change up furniture or artwork without feeling like too much work needs to go into the selection process. If you prefer lighter rooms by nature, black furniture may feel too imposing; instead opt for creams or shades of ivory (good looking in any room).

  • AUTHOR: JOHNATHON MCNAUGHT
    6 August, 2021

    While there's no hard and fast rule for the best colors to work with, a great place to start is in classic neutrals. Brown and gray tend to be safe choices since they go well with nearly any color scheme. White, black, navy blue and red are also popular colors in many different design styles.

  • AUTHOR: THOMAS RAMAGE
    6 August, 2021

    If you visit the ColorLovers website, it has a marvelous collection of color swatches that can help immensely with inspiration for pairing colors together at first. And, once you're familiar with what not to do (color clashing), then your own "style" will emerge and you'll know just what decorating color palettes are best suited to match that individuality.

  • AUTHOR: CHRISTEEN COBY
    6 August, 2021

    Neutral colors are usually safe and not too heavy on contrast, which is why they are popular. The most neutral ones include beige or off-white on the bright end of the scale and dark grays on its darker side. It really varies with what space you want to decorate! For example, if you were planning to put up pink wallpaper in your dining room the softest hue of pink would work best as bright hot pinks can create sensory overload for some people. However, if you