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  • Writer's pictureKirstin Adolfson

Using Color the Right Way

Are you looking for ways to make the color flow throughout your home? Today I will be sharing some tips on how to use colors in a purposeful way. Color can be tricky to figure out and visualize, but these tips will get you started on the right track.

All The Same

If you like to stick to one color, there is a way to do it while still making it look good. The pro to one color is that everything will match; the con is that you will have little depth throughout your home because of the lack of contrast. If you are very set on keeping everything one color, you can add depth to your home in other ways. Add pops of color with bright furniture or colorful wall art. Adding colors through other platforms will replenish that missing depth and add character to your home.


A great way to get the colors flowing throughout your home is to use the inverse method. If you have chosen 2-3 colors for your home, this method is perfect! Say you have a kitchen and a living room next to each other. You don't want the two rooms to merge with the same paint colors, but you don't want the two spaces to clash either. With the inverse method, you can paint both your kitchen and living room with the same colors you picked out. Start by choosing a dominant color for your kitchen, then choose a different color to be dominant for your living room. The inverse method will separate the rooms and make them look different while still flowing together properly. This trick works great for open concept homes.

Contrasting tones

Using two tones that create a lot of contrast is a great way to brighten or darken a room. Using contrasting colors throughout your space is also an easy way to add lots of depth to your home. This color technique has become more popular over the years, and some great examples can help guide you in the right direction. When working with contrasting colors, it's best to have an even balance of lights and darks or to choose one tone to be more present in the room. You can combine this method with the inverse method to get an abstract color scheme throughout your home.


Neutrals do wonders if you are looking for a clean-cut look. You can go two ways with a neutral color palette; warm or cold tones. I recommended either sticking with warm-toned neutrals or cold-toned neutrals, rather than combining the two. Examples of warm tones are browns, tans, mauve oranges, and mauve yellows. Examples of cool tones are blacks, grays, whites, mauve purples, and mauve blues.

Need some advice on which colors work best for your home? Give me a call today at (651) 468-6208 or email

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