How to Simplify Your House's Color Scheme With More Than Just Black and White

You love bright colors, but lately you’re beginning to notice that your color scheme is a bit of a mess – nothing matches and you’re tired of the hot pink in the bedroom. It may be time to simplify your color scheme.

If you think the minimalist route with just black and white is overdone, check out ENTITY’s tips on how to simplify your home’s color scheme.

1 Use earthy tones.

Humanity and nature have strong ties. There’s nothing like being in the middle of a forest embracing its sounds, smells and colors. So why not bring that into your house? Make sure your palette contains lots of greens and browns because earth tones are inviting, says Home Guides. You could also use subtle reds, yellows and oranges of a sunset. If you’re itching for more cooler tones, choose the beiges and blues of the beach shore. 

But if you don’t want too have too much brown, brick or terracotta colors in your home, Home Guides suggests creating an accent wall. If you’re already using sand or burnt orange for your living room walls, then consider using a contrasting earth tone such as blue or green for a unified color palette. The cool colors will also pop against the warm walls. For anyone with a lot of family photos, this accent wall is the perfect way to make your gallery stand out.

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2 Use dark and light colors simultaneously.

This may sound like a contradiction but Better Homes and Gardens suggests pairing dark charcoal with light colors. The effect is a pleasant equilibrium of bright and muted shades; bold or even pastel colors are great together. 

And one of the main reasons you shouldn’t use just dark colors is because “a room that uses all dark colors will only feel depressing,” according to Fresh Home. A sophisticated way to do this is to make your this color scheme work is by painting your walls and furniture with a dramatic dark color and then adding accessories with light or bright colors. Some accessories include fresh flowers, throw pillows and blankets or artwork.

3 Use light shades.

Every home looks brighter with muted shades like pale blue or green. Pastel colors are normally reserved for baby rooms for a good reason. They have a calming effect on people, making visitors immediately feel at ease. If the range of light colors is overwhelming, you can add bold colors to even out the pale.

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For example, you could style your home to look like a robin’s egg with delicate blue and green shades. These colors “prove serene and spa-like in the bedroom,” says Better Homes and Gardens. Because the cool tones evoke both the sea and sky, it helps create a calming retreat for tired minds and eyes.

4 Have the best of both worlds: gray.

Why choose black or white when you could have the perfect balance between the two? Gray is a clash of two worlds and is similar to black in the sense that you can pair it with any color.

“Gray is the little black dress for your home,” Fresh Home says. It’s modern, trendy and classic. And in color psychology, gray represents peace and balance, calm and safety, Fresh Home adds.

And because it can be a warm and cool tone, it suits nearly every room, mood and setting. So mix and match it with whichever color is your favorite; you can even mix and match lighter and darker shades of gray. According to Fresh Home, lighter, softer shades are more feminine while darker shades have a stronger, more masculine effect. Pairing the two together creates a complex, layered effect – much like the dynamic personalities of #WomenThatDo.

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