We’ve all see homes with multiple colors on the walls. Sometimes all of these colors can make a house resemble a circus tent. However, walls that are the same color throughout can become dull and uninspiring. Ways exist to combine colors effectively if you start with a base color and plan properly. Below are three examples on how to coordinate interior paint colors.


Starting with a Gray Base.

Start with a very light gray on all of your walls. This color will add warmth to your rooms. After you’ve added this fresh coat of paint, it will become easier to see where you want to include additional colors.

You should keep the gray in your entryway, bathrooms, and any hallways or small spaces. Your kitchen will look great in this color too. If you have an eat-in kitchen, then you can opt to paint that area another hue such as heather-purple, which combines purple and gray into a stunning color result.

In your living room, you can paint one wall a dark gray to add contrast. Select the wall with a fireplace or use the wall behind your couch. For your formal dining room, you should consider dark purple for one accent wall. This color adds elegance and will coordinate well with the gray.

For a sophisticated look, you can include the same purple color in your master bedroom on the wall behind your bed. For a girl’s bedroom, you can try lilac, which is a light purple with a pinkish tinge. For a boy’s room, a periwinkle color provides a great look. This hue consists of pale purple and a hint of blue. For a nursery, mauve is a gorgeous color. The mixture of purple and gray shades will look striking for a boy or a girl.

Starting with a White Base.

Paint all of your walls with a fresh white color. This hue will make your rooms look brighter and airier. Even though white works well with any color, you should try to stick with only one or two coordinating shades. Start by leaving your hallways and your entryway white to keep them from feeling claustrophobic.

One great color to use with white is yellow. This color looks clean and soft in a utility room. Choose a pale hue, so you don’t overwhelm your senses. A pale yellow or cream color will look stylish with a contemporary or rustic kitchen décor. Use either color on the walls in your kitchen to create a homey look and feel.

For your living room, you can create an accent wall painted in harvest gold. Once a popular choice for kitchen appliances in the 1970s, this yellow-gold color is experiencing a comeback and will add a chic appearance to any wall. For your dining room, consider a golden honey color, which looks warm and inviting. You can paint the entire room this color or select one wall to highlight.

In your master bedroom and bathroom, consider using an elegant champagne color which includes yellow and subtle orange hues. A pastel yellow is a calming color for a girl’s bedroom. A bright yellow adds fun to a boy’s room. If one type of yellow is too much for you, consider breaking up the color in your children’s bedrooms by using two different shades of yellow on the walls or combine yellow walls with an orange wall.

Starting with a Beige Base.

For your base, use a beige paint which is the palest shade of brown. This color will give your home a transitional look that’s somewhere between gray and white. You’ll get a nice pop of color without overpowering each room. Consider mixing this color with shades of green or red in specific areas for extra interest.

Stick with beige in your entryway and hallways. A light wheat color in your kitchen, matched with a tan color in your dining area, will coordinate well and look stylish regardless of your home’s décor. If you want to include a different color tone, opt for a forest green accent wall in your dining area.

Try a chestnut-colored wall in your living room to add warmth. Khaki, a light yellow-brown color, will look perfect in your bathrooms and utility room. For an entertainment space, consider using copper paint on one wall and mahogany on another wall to create a fun look. Leave the other two walls beige to keep the room from appearing too dark.

For your master bedroom, an accent wall in burnt sienna — a reddish brown — will give the room a dramatic look. For children’s rooms, a brownish-orange tawny color makes a strong statement and will work well as an accent wall in a boy’s or a girl’s room. For something brighter, try sand-colored paint on one or two of the walls, which is just a shade lighter than beige. These two colors work well together and will make any room appear more spacious.

Adding color to your home can increase the enjoyment of your space if you don’t overdo it with too many hues. You want your rooms to feel comfortable and stress-free, not overpower your senses with colors that don’t coordinate well. Staying with different shades of two or three colors can get you the look that you want while adding to the beauty and appeal of your home.