For any remodeling project in your home, the finishing touch typically includes choosing compatible accent colors that work with the style you’ve chosen. And while choosing your favorite color might come easy, choosing an interesting color scheme that works together can be more challenging. With the multitude of colors available, there can literally be dozens of variations in the same shade, and deciding on the perfect combination can become daunting. So we decided to give you some tips to reference as you go through the process.

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Color Basics

When choosing a compatible color scheme for any particular room in your home, know your primary colors first, which are yellow, red, and blue. Following them are the secondary colors: green, orange and purple. Then come colors called analogous colors, because they’re neighbors to the other colors on the spectrum—such as green and yellow, or red and purple. Finally, you’ve got your complementary colors that are opposing colors to each other in a more dramatic way, such as green and red or yellow and purple.

Look at the Total Picture

To make color choices that work for both you and your home, it’s wise to take into account the physical attributes of your home, which include its architectural style. Study how light enters your home and filters throughout it. Your color strategy should make the most of the light’s movement through the room, as well as the furniture and belongings within.

You might start by looking at your home from the perspective of a visitor. Take a “tour” as guests would see it, and take special note of the light that spills into each room, or record what a camera sees in the space. This can help you later to know what you’ve got to work with.

Pairing Primary and Accent Colors

In choosing a compatible accent color, you should give consideration to the primary or secondary color of the room. A lot of accent colors are based off of the colors of furnishings that comprise focal points in the room. Here are some suggestions of color-compatible combinations that work well together.

Yellow primary color accented with blue: The popularity of yellow as a primary room color is evident from its use as the color of choice in both dining rooms and kitchens. It is the lightest and brightest color shade and exudes warmth in a room. The most classic combination is the pairing of cool blue as an accent color. As the least aggressive color, the shade of blue you choose can lie somewhere between a muted pastel shade of blue or a darker, deeper blue that adds some balance to keep the room from looking to hot or loud. The accent color can easily be a furnishing or light in the room that adds the distinctive touch that brings the look together. Another example of this is how yellow works with a purple accent to give a room a more edgy feel, or a high fashion, dramatic look. Purple pops against the yellow to bring out the room’s best features.

Red primary color accented with white: As intense as red is, it can be one of the hardest colors to pair with an accent color. Red is such a strong color that it needs an accent color that won’t clash with it, and that color is typically white. When paired together, even though red still remains the dominant color, white accents in furnishings such as bedding, helps the room takes on a softer and more relaxing feel.

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Pairing Secondary and Accent Colors

Orange walls accented with green: Orange mixes the heat of red with the brightness of yellow for a color that begs to be noticed. If you want to take the edge off of orange and tone it down a little, choose a natural leafy green color in furnishings and room accessories. It adds a touch of coolness without taking away orange’s prominence. The resulting look is pretty hip and modern. If you’re looking for a more direct complementary color for orange, go with blue.

Purple walls accented with purple: Not surprisingly, purple is a secondary color that can complement itself. Combining two different shades of purple can give a room a subdued, royal effect. You could also add in some décor pieces with red-purple and indigo hues to keep the look balanced.

Green walls accented with yellow, red and orange: When you use a green as your dominant color to accent, you open yourself up to numerous possibilities to accessorize and accentuate with color schemes that flow from yellow, red and orange.

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The potential that’s out there to express your creativity with primary and accent color combinations that create unique room environments is endless. With a little planning and research, you’ll find the perfect look to bring every room in your home to life!