Selecting the right colors for your home is a very personal choice. Many new home buyers want to change the existing colors on walls but they don't know exactly what to choose.

Your color scheme may depend on the size of your home and its rooms. It can also depend on where you live, the architecture and your style of furnishings.

Hues, Tints, Shade, and Tone

Color creates a mood. It can relax or energize. Soft pastels are relaxing while more intense color or hue is energizing. The hue is the purest, boldest and most intense color.

An intense hue such as cobalt blue can be soften into a relaxing light blue tint by adding white. Bright, bold viridian green hue becomes a much milder mint tint when mixed with white. Pure red softens to a pink tint as white is added.

Adding a touch of black to any color deepens and darkens the paint into a shade. This combination will produce the dramatic darker hunter green or burgundy shades popular in living and dining rooms.

A color tone has a hint of gray (black and white mix) to "tone it down" creating more subtle colors. Pale blue-gray, mauve and taupe are popular tones. The combinations of tones, tints and shades are endless, especially when mixed with bold hues.


People living in desert areas often decorate with tan, sand, beige and browns. Furnishing are often in turquoise, terra-cotta and coral as accent colors. Homes along coastal regions often feature blue colors suggesting the water with beige accents. A forested area may see homes using green and brown earth colors.

The accent color can be on doors, window wrappings, baseboards and crown moldings. A darker wall framed with moldings in a lighter contrasting accent color creates a lovely, dramatic affect.

You may select one basic softer color for the walls in most of the rooms of your home and save the family room, kitchen or bathroom for experimenting with bolder colors.

Since color influences feelings, a bedroom in soft pastel tones may be relaxing. A kitchen can be painted in a bright yellow hue, coral tone, green or red shade to make it lively and invigorating.

Remember that darker walls tend to make a room look smaller while lighter walls give the feeling of space.

Enjoy looking at color chips and planning the best color combinations for your home.