Developing a colour scheme Part 2

One of the complaints I hear most often from new clients is that their home feels disjointed and there is no flow.

There are a few reasons why this happens but one of the most common is that when people decorate, they tend to decorate room by room without an overall plan for the home. Each room is a different colour and may look great on it’s own, but the rooms and their colours don’t relate to each other and it feels like they could all be from a different home.

People will go crazy trying to figure out what colour to paint the next room, when really they should be thinking about repeating one of the existing colours. Repetition, whether in pattern, shapes or colours, gives unity and flow.

When I am developing a colour scheme, I try to limit myself to THREE colours and I use those colours throughout the home.

I will have one colour, which is fairly neutral, that, in a house, I will use throughout the foyer, the main hallway, up the stairs and throughout the upstairs hallway. In a condo, which is usually an open concept design, I will use one neutral colour throughout the main living area which would include the foyer, any hallway, and the living, dining and kitchen area.

The next two colours I will use for bedrooms and bathrooms and to relate the rooms together. For example, I may use a second colour in the bathroom and a third colour in the bedrooms, then repeat the bedroom or bathroom colour as an accent wall in the living or dining area.

Accent walls are a great way to add some visual interest and to bring colours together. Then you can use accent furniture, cushions, draperies or artwork in the accent wall colour.



As I’ve mentioned previously, I always use white trim as it helps to “link” all the rooms together.

If you struggle with paint colours, let the experts help you. Designer Brian Gluckstein has teamed up with Benjamin Moore and developed a colour palette where each uses three colours. It is fantastic! Why stress over colour choices when someone else has done all the work for you?

Hopefully I’ve helped you a little bit when it comes to developing a colour scheme. Make sure you read my other post in this category.


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