Choosing Paint Colors and Palettes

• 30 June 2008

Almost two years ago an opportunity to have our entire home re-painted--at an extremely reduced rate-- presented itself (long story). We hopped on it because we knew it was a "now or never" type deal. However, in our haste we sort of chose random colors for each room and paid little attention to the overall palette. While I love the colors individually, I don't necessarily love them together.

Since we are re-finishing our basement now, the Husband and I decided to not make the same mistake this time. Our plan? Choose our entire palette from the beautifully-edited collection at Restoration Hardware. For whatever reason, all of the colors complement each other nicely and present a cohesive overall palette. For example, just look at the sample paint collection (see above picture) you can buy for a discounted price. The colors are all different but still manage to look natural as a grouping.

There are additional links elsewhere also providing help with putting colors together...

Click here to explore Martha Stewart's paint colors at Lowes. Once you click on the link, choose a color you love and then watch as two additional complementary colors are added to the palette. I love this!

Click here to view Martin Senour's Paint Palettes recommended by Old-House Interiors.

Note: If you love the colors but are concerned about paint quality, you can always ask your preferred paint store (we love Benjamin Moore) to match the RH colors.

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