How To Add Color To Your Home Decor Without Going Overboard

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There is a fine line between adding color to your home décor and using too much color, so that you feel like you are living inside a rainbow.

A little bit of color will add a lot of fun and interest to your Scottsdale home design, but too much color can be overwhelming. How can you achieve that perfect balance?

Here are some tips to keep in mind for using color in your home in a subtle and balanced way:

  • Use Color Schemes



Before choosing the colors for your décor, do a little bit of research into color schemes and how they work, so you know how to combine colors harmoniously.

For example, you can choose a complementary color scheme with shades that are across each other on the color wheel – such as blue and orange or purple and yellow.

Or you could try an analogous color scheme, which is a scheme where the colors are next to each other on the color wheel – such as blue, green and purple.

  • Use the 60/30/10 Rule



This is a rule that interior decorators use in order to use colors in a balanced way. Use the dominant color on 60% of the room, so that it will create a unifying look.

Then, use the secondary color on 30% of the room in order to add visual interest. Lastly, use an accent color for 10% of the room to add that little extra.

For example, you might use the dominant color for the walls and carpet, the secondary color for the upholstery and the accent color for some pillows, a wall hanging or a throw rug.

  • Try an Accent Wall

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Perhaps you have found a gorgeous paint color, but it’s just a little too bright and overwhelming to use for all four walls of a room.

In this case, you can simply paint one wall with the color and the other walls with a neutral tone, so that you can enjoy the shade without it being overpowering.

You could also simply use the color in one aspect of the room, such as the baseboards or the door jams.

These are just a few of the ways that you can incorporate color into your Scottsdale home design, without it being overpowering. For more information, call me at 602-531-0435 or email me at

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Comments (4)

Randy Shamburger
Movement Mortgage - Greenville, SC
FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert

Great information, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,


May 21, 2014 12:46 AM
A. J. Zaki
REMAX Realty Pros - Boca Raton, FL
Home Finder In Florida

                                                                                                                        So eye-catching and informative! Thank you for sharing with us.

May 21, 2014 02:27 AM
Kristina Heili
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Woodbury, MN
Comprehensive Real Estate Services

I love the helpful brochures that paint companies are providing -- ideas of potential color combinations -- from the dominant to secondary to accent that you mention in your post. Thanks for the information.

May 21, 2014 05:50 AM
Vincent O'Rourke
Crest Real Estate, Inc. - Pompton Plains, NJ
CENTURY 21 Crest Real Estate, Inc.

Great tips. I will definitely use the 60/30/10 rule.

May 27, 2014 12:44 PM