Selecting a Pleasing Color Scheme

Home Stager with Empire Home Staging Solutions

Choosing a color scheme or theme for your home is an important part of bringing continuity and harmony to your homes interior space.  When remodeling or building a new home, selecting materials for some can be an overwhelming process.  Today, there is a wide variety of selections to choose from in cabinetry, lighting, flooring, paint and surface finishes. They all vary in quality, price and style. Finding a good balance between the materials and colors used in finishing your project is what will pull the look of your interior space together. 

Researching and discovering your homes architectural style is an important start in choosing which direction you will take when picking materials for your project.  Look through various home decor magazines to view which styles and colors grab your attention.  After all, you are the one who will be living in the space, so you want to be sure that your selections are harmonious with your own personal style. Try to stay true to the style of the homes architecture when choosing your materials, this will keep continuity throughout the home and enhance the value of the home.  Example:(You wouldn't want to choose Spanish Mosaic tile flooring to put in the Foyer of a home that is Early American architecture, etc.) 

Be sure to bring samples of your materials together to coordinate colors, textures and styles. Most home improvement stores, and showrooms will allow you to take samples of the materials home with you. This gives you the opportunity to put your selections together to see how well they will work in your interior space. Doing your homework will save you a lot of time, money and will help with the overall outcome of your project. When you have selected the right materials, you will give your homes interior the beautiful look you've dreamed of achieving.   


Empire Home Staging Solutions, coordinates with homeowners and contractors in the selection of materials and color palettes for today's modern living. Selections are chosen to enhance the architectural features and value of each and every home.  If you are planning on remodeling or have plans of building your dream home, give Empire Home Staging Solutions a call and let us assist you in the selection of materials and colors for your home. We service the Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas of So. California. 

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Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA

We had a colorful bathroom in the home at move-in a couple of months ago. I thought it was really okay. Husband didn't like it. As of today it's Navajo White. Now I don't think I like it.

Jan 18, 2009 03:36 PM #1
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Of course, those homeowners who live in your area need to call you. You will guide them to the correct color palette to live in harmony  and happiness .   

Jan 18, 2009 03:46 PM #2
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

Great information on why and how to pick colors. Everyone can giva a popular color scheme but it still may not be right. Good job!

Jan 18, 2009 07:38 PM #3
Lorrie Shaw
Professional Pet Sitting - Ann Arbor, MI

Hi Michelle,

Great topic. I was struggling with color in my home... I love color but needed to gain understanding with regard to its relationship with light, seasonal influence, the physical structure of the room, etc. I did some research, read about this philosophy with some books by Donald Kaufman and Taffy Dahl and discovered a lovely color combination that just makes the room pop! I matched it as closely as I could at my local Sherwin Williams store... Netsuke on the walls and Muslin on my coved ceilings. Every time I walk in I still love it -in any light. Harmonious, welcoming, flattering... I think it will have staying power when it finally goes on the market for sale - something else I needed to take into consideration!

You have an important and rewarding line of work - kudos to you!

Jan 18, 2009 10:32 PM #4
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Michelle ~ When I'm doing work at my own home, I always try to bring a sample of what I am interested in using, whether it's a paint swatch or a fabric swatch, with me.  I actually just try to keep them in my pocketbook because you never know when you might see something that "might" work, and this way I can just pull out my swatches to check.  I also give paint and fabric swatches to my clients (if the job calls for those things) so that they can refer to the swatches when they need to.

Jan 18, 2009 11:33 PM #5
Kat DeLong
Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (

Michelle: This is such a helpful post!!!!    I have a "very" interesting house, and I'm not sure what  style it is--how do I approach this?

Jan 19, 2009 01:32 AM #6
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Vickie-Congratulations on the new home!  As for your bathroom situation, look for pictures of inspiration and get ideas from things you like and the colors that you are attracted too!  Even though you and your husband may have different taste, you can come to a compromise when it comes to designing your room. If he is leery about color on the wall, bring in the color accents that you like with your artwork, towels and accessories.  Good luck, let me know how it goes!

Cathy- Thanks for your nice comment! I am sure you may be able to help Vickie out if she gets in a pinch, as she is in your area!

Laura- Thanks for stopping by, come back and visit soon!

Lorrie-Sounds like you have everything under control!  You did your homework before painting and were pleased with the outcome.  Good for you and the fact that you took staying power into consideration was a very smart decision! Got to love Sherwin Williams and the quality of their paints!  Thanks for your comment!

Kathy-It's always so important to put materials and paint colors together so that clients can visualize what the final look will be!  Giving them examples of your concept helps for them to understand the vision!

Kat- My guess is your home is MOUNTAIN craftsman! ;0)  I am more than happy to assist you in choosing colors for your home anytime your ready!!

Jan 19, 2009 10:29 AM #7
Pangaea Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design, Remodeling
Portland Oregon - Portland, OR

I have one thing to add. I make very large paint samples for my clients. We use the normal paint chips or paint color fan decks to narrow it down, but then I buy the smallest containers I can get of the top two or three color choices and buy heavy duty art paper at least 18" or more each direction. I use a small foam roller and roll a few coats on. Then my client can tape them up to the wall and move them around to different walls and different light conditions. It is so much easier to tell if you'll like the color, and you won't have a bunch of temporary patches of paint on your walls.

A few of the paint manufacturers are providing larger paint "chips", and most of the time you have to pay for them anyway. I like knowing that I am looking at exactly the color I'm going to get in exactly the same finish (matte, semi-gloss, whatever).

Jan 19, 2009 03:47 PM #8
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I once did a home inspection in a house where the color theme was light pastel. I think they used a computer to find all 32 million colors and then converted them to light pastel and painted each plane a different color. Didn't matter how large or small the plane was, it got painted a different color. Throughout the house. Upstairs and downstairs. Even the stairs. Each different plane on the stairs, different light pastel color. I was seasick when I left. Never so glad to get out of a house in all my life.

Jan 24, 2009 09:26 PM #9
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Pangaea- Painting large blocks of paint color for your clients is a great way to allow them to visualize the true color, good for you!  Thanks for commenting.

Russel- I'm sure you felt like you were inside a GIANT Easter basket! ;0)  Glad you made it out without incident!

Jan 25, 2009 09:57 AM #10
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Michelle, good information for those homeowners remodeling and I am sure that you would be able to help those that may be challenged in selecting the correct materials to match their architectural design.

Jan 26, 2009 02:27 AM #11
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