Choosing Paint Colors for Rooms in Your Home

A mix of different wall colors in your home adds interest
and variety; a good antidote for the dulling effect of the same monotone
neutral color repeated through every room. However, to avoid a jarring, choppy
effect, you need a simple palette of colors that flow smoothly from one room to
the next.  If you have an existing color
in a room that you want to keep, such as gray-blue walls in the kitchen, then
build your color scheme from this hue.

Color Family and Undertones

For a seamless look between the kitchen and dining room,
consider a hue in the same color family as gray or blue. Gray is a neutral
color with one of three undertones, blue, green or purple. Blue, green and
purple are analogous colors, meaning they fit within the same color family. So
you could use a similar shade of green or purple with gray undertones.
Conversely, a similar shade of gray with green or purple undertones would also
work. 
image via CWB Architects

This lovely sage hue would flow nicely with a gray-blue kitchen.

Monochromatic Options

Another way to create unity and color flow throughout the
home is to use lighter and darker shades of the same color. This is called a
monochromatic color scheme and it is what you find on paint chip samples that
show varying tints and shades of the same color. One option is to go much
lighter with the gray, such as an off white with a blue undertone or go darker
with a deep slate gray or charcoal hue. 
image via Pinterest

Choose a darker shade off the same paint chip to take the guess work out of mixing colors.

Complementary Choices

If the gray-blue color in the kitchen has a strong blue
undertone, you may want to consider a complementary shade of orange in the
dining room. The key to making this work is to keep the saturation of the
orange consistent with the gray-blue in the kitchen, meaning you need to use a
muted tone of orange.  Complementary
color schemes take a little more courage to use but they can have stunning
effects. In the following photo,
Not a dining room but a great example of a complementary mix. Notice the muted green showing in the adjoining room.

Building a Palette

Now that you have an idea of the types of colors that
coordinate with a gray-blue kitchen, you’ll need to decide on a method for
using them. A color palette typically consists of 3 to 5 colors. Once you’ve
chosen these colors, alternate the primary, secondary and accent colors. This
means you can repeat the same gray-blue in the kitchen as a secondary or accent
color in the dining room, such as using it on the trim, on the ceiling or in
the décor such as table linens. Mixing in a neutral such as white or brown
helps you achieve a balanced flow from room to room.

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