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How To Choose A Color Palette That Won't Drive You Insane

"Don't use that tone with me."

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Choosing the right color scheme for your room is critical.

Totally lost? This one question will tell you what color you should paint your room.

1. Color can be a powerful influence on emotion. It has the ability to make you feel some type of way, so pick accordingly.

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It’s not surprising, for example, that Tinder’s logo is red, which evokes intensity and passion. Blue which is most often associated with water, has a calming effect and can also represent a sense of security. Many communication tools, like Facebook, Skype, Twitter, and LinkedIn, have blue logos. Yellow, on the other hand, is reminiscent of the sun, and therefore evokes warmth and happiness. It's an attention-grabbing color that many "happy" brands use, like McDonald's, Cheerios, and IKEA.

From the products that we buy to the emotions we feel to the things we see, color affects e v e r y t h i n g.


Did you also know that humans perceive color differently? Particularly men and women.

A majority of both men and women in one study said that blue is their favorite color (57% and 35%, respectively). But purple, on the other hand, was more divisive. The women in this study, picked purple as their second favorite color, while none of the men surveyed picked purple as their favorite.

The least liked color for both genders — orange, yellow, and brown — were considered "cheap" or "inexpensive" by participants in another experiment.

This information can come in handy when deciding on a color scheme for your room. 🎨


4. Love thinking of brighter, sunnier days all year round? Go for a warm set of colors.

5. Mix cool and warm tones to create a funky and artistic — yet balanced — vibe.

6. Create a tranquil den by draping your room in cooler tones.

8. If you're looking to create harmony, choose analogous colors, which are next to each other on the color wheel.

9. Or a monochromatic palette, which consists of different tones of the same color.

Use one color to dominate. Then use the second and third, along with black, white, or gray, as an accent.

10. If you want strong contrast, go for complementary colors, which are at opposite ends of the color wheel.

When paired at full saturation, complementary colors create a very vibrant contrast. It can be dizzying, so use a neutral to offset the pairing or mute one of the colors.

11. Apps like Coolers (Free, website; $1, iOS and Android) and Color Viewfinder (Free, iOS) can help you find the exact palette you're looking for.

Coolers generates random, beautiful palettes, while Color Viewfinder can identify key color swatches from any photo.

12. Still lost? As long as you stick to the 60-30-10 rule, you'll be A-okay. / Via

Here's the rule: the dominant color should cover 60% of the room (sofas, rugs, and walls), the secondary color should take up 30% (linens and curtains), and the accent color will sweep up with 10% (pillows, throws, wall art).