Color Basics

Gain color confidence with our tips and tricks for choosing colors for your walls, home accents, furniture, and more. Learn about color theory, the color wheel, and more, plus get inspiration for choosing colors for your own rooms. These basics, such as complementary, analogous, and tertiary color schemes are must-knows for decorating with color and make the process of choosing colors for your home so much easier. Plus, read what color experts and interior designers have to say about choosing colors. Browse hundreds of photos of living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms that all have gorgeous color schemes. Whether you want a classic, chic brown living room, or a bedroom filled with bright colors, or a pretty blue kitchen, you'll find the tips and tricks you need to get your color palette right. If you need a starting point for choosing the colors that are right for you, first take our color personality quiz and get a custom color palette that has tips and tricks for using your ideal color. Or if you want to see what a paint color would look like on your walls before picking up a paintbrush, try My Color Finder.


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Color Palettes

Browse pretty palettes and see how to get the look.

Color Tips & Tricks

Read on for pro advice on choosing and using color in your home.

Pick a Paint Color

Use My Color Finder to choose the perfect color for your walls.

Get Your Color Match

Find the paint color that matches the mood you want in your room.

Everything in Color Basics
Color Lessons
  • The Color Wheel

    Learn the basics of using the color wheel, a handy tool that helps pull color schemes together.

  • Color Theory

    Analyze your home's colors for a decorating solution that creates a mood and complements your personality.

  • Color Characteristics

    Here's how colors will make you feel once you get them on your walls, floor, and furniture.

  • Color and Interior Brick Tones

    Follow these simple tips for including your interior brick in a beautiful color scheme.

  • Color and Wood Tone

    Follow these guidelines to select the best colors to complement your wood furniture.

Using Color


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