Master the Art of Color Combination: A Guide to Crafting the Perfect Home Interior Palette

Creating a cohesive color palette for your home can be a delightful yet daunting task. If you’re puzzled about blending different colors effectively, fear not! This guide, inspired by Nick Lewis’s insights, will walk you through color theory basics and practical steps to curate a stunning color scheme for your home.

Understanding the Impact of Light on Color

Light Alters Perception

Remember, the way color appears in your home will be influenced by the lighting. The same color can look drastically different in various rooms and lighting conditions. Always test paint, fabric, and flooring samples in your actual space to see how they interact with your unique lighting.

Basics of Color Theory

The Color Wheel

Dive into the essentials of the color wheel, which categorizes colors into warm and cool tones. Cool colors, like blues and greens, create a soothing atmosphere, ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms. Warm colors, such as reds and yellows, energize spaces like offices or playrooms.

Tints, Tones, and Shades Explained

Understanding Color Variations

Tints are created by adding white to colors, resulting in lighter hues. Tones are achieved by adding gray, which desaturates colors for a subtler appearance. Shades are made by adding black to colors, creating richer, deeper hues.

Crafting Your Color Palette

Monochromatic Scheme

A monochromatic color scheme uses various tints, tones, and shades of a single color. This approach can create a harmonious and purposeful space.

Analogous Colors

This palette involves colors next to each other on the color wheel, like red, orange, and yellow. These combinations offer numerous possibilities to create a visually cohesive space.

Complementary Colors

Utilize colors opposite each other on the color wheel, like blue and orange, for a contrasting yet balanced look. This scheme is great for combining warm and cool tones effectively.

Implementing Rhythm in Design

Repeating Colors for Cohesion

Use the principle of rhythm by repeating colors in various forms throughout your space. This can range from overt choices like a blue throw pillow to subtle applications such as a gray couch with blue undertones.

Practical Application

Using Canva’s Color Wheel Tool

An excellent resource for visualizing color combinations is Canva’s color wheel tool. It allows you to experiment with different color schemes and find complementary, analogous, or monochromatic options that work for your space.


Combining colors in your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By understanding color theory and utilizing tools like Canva’s color wheel, you can confidently create a color palette that enhances your home’s aesthetic and reflects your personal style.

In this video I got over some basics of color theory including tints, tones and shades of the different colors of the color wheel, I walk you through monochromatic, analogous and complimentary color schemes, and I show you how to create rhythm in your color scheme so it looks cohesive. Plus I go over those undertones so those neutrals are creating a beautiful backdrop for your home interior and working with the rest of your palette.

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⏱ Timestamps:

00:00 – How to create a color palette for your home
00:26 – Importance of lighting for color selection
01:14 – The importance of color temperature
01:50 – Understanding color tints
02:14 – Understanding color tones
02:56 – Understanding color shades
04:01 – Monochromatic color palettes
04:36 – Analogous color palettes
05:17 – Complementary color palettes
06:59 – Using rhythm to make your color scheme cohesive
07:53 – Step by step guide to creating and using a color palette

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