Painting Each Room a Different Color

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When you like variety in the color of each room in your home, you want a good transition so all the colors complement each other. This is a page about painting each room a different color.


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December 28, 2009

My question is about many colors. I like pale colors, and I have a foyer and stairs that lead to my kitchen, office, dining room, and living room. I know my kitchen will be a pale yellow, my office sky blue, and pale green in living room (all off of the foyer).

I have a dining room with pine furniture. I need some suggestions on the foyer and the dining room (paint colors). Would the same pale yellow be too much for those rooms all feeding off each other? I love yellow.

By Donna from Atlanta, GA


December 29, 20090 found this helpful

I would go to a neutral color, like taupe or gray(on the decorating shows gray seems to be really popular now), even a sage green would be nice, because that is considered a neutral.

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December 29, 20090 found this helpful

Pale yellow would be great in the foyer, not too much at all. For the dining room try a pale peach, apricot, or coral.


Those colors would tie in with the rest of your colors and look good with the pine furniture. A soft aquamarine (robin's egg color) would be good also.

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December 29, 20090 found this helpful

I think it's good to use no more than two or three colors in a house, but you can use varying shades. So, use your yellow in a few places, but go one shade up or one shade down here and there. I also think it helps to draw it out on paper and look at how the colors flow.

Also, make sure the colors are all in the same tone. Hope that helps!

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

You sound like an excellent decorator and your plans are splendid. As long as you like it, that is what counts...right?


I agree though with Allison5 about varying shades. Maybe you can use varying shades on the walls and trim? One light yellow on the walls in the foyer with a vibrant bright yellow trim. Paint the kitchen the bright vibrant yellow with light yellow trim. Just some ideas...

You have to like it when you get done. Remember chocolate brown compliments light blue, so maybe you could paint the trim in your office chocolate brown with light blue walls. Taupe compliments pale green colors also.

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If you want your house to seem larger than it actually is, make rooms that are connected or seen from other rooms the same color. Also, its good not to use more than three colors to decorate your home (in addition to black and white). In the yellow rooms, use green and blue as accents, one more dominant than the other. For example, green (or blue) drapes and seat covers in the dining room with blue (or green) china or decorative objects on the table and other furniture.


The blue room should have yellow (or green) curtains and at least one chair in that color. Also, yellow and green should be included if there is a carpet located in that room.

The green room should have yellow and blue accent colors. Best of luck and enjoy your creation.

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

You can vary the shades of one color on that wall from room to room. Take a paint strip and use one of each of three shades in each of your yellow rooms. But I would be certain to use the same shade on every room the same color. I like pure white, but maybe you like linen or another shade of white. Keeping the trim the same shade, makes continuity throughout the house.

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

It's your house. Paint it whatever colours make you happy! Your colour choices sound wonderful!

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December 31, 20090 found this helpful

You can unite the rooms in a variety of ways. The same flooring running throughout the rooms will look wonderful--perhaps wooden or tile. You can have the same color wood trim throughout the spaces--all painted white or stained the same color. Differing window treatments in the same fabric or material will work. Or just use the wall colors from the other rooms as accent colors in the adjoining spaces.


Whatever you choose, just make sure the flow is uninterrupted, otherwise you will feel an unconnected energy as you move through your spaces. Definitely use colors you love, forget about trends or what others think. It's your space and you will be spending lots of time there. Don't rule out a neutral paint color and using your colors as the accent colors, or using one or two wall colors you love and using the others as accent colors.

Above all, if you are a warm person, use colors with warm undertones; if you are a cool person, use colors with cool undertones. There is nothing worse then feeling 'depressed' by the colors in your own home. Remember, paint is cheap and you can paint over any color that you feel isn't right for you. You are not locked into any decision that isn't right for you. Have fun and good luck.

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June 10, 2019

I am in the process of painting the interior of my house. I have chosen a lovely yellow for the hallway, and had originally planned to paint the living room and kitchen the same color. I am now rethinking this plan.


My second choice would be to paint the living room the same yellow and the kitchen a shade of blue gray. Alternatively, I might paint the living room a paler shade of yellow and the kitchen a pale blue gray. It is hard for you to visualize, I guess, not having the actual colors to hand, but I would like some advice.

I like different rooms to be different colors, but I am reading and hearing (from my daughter who "studied design," and "knows" about these things) that this is not such a great idea. Although the house is not open plan, the rooms are each visible from each other, so the colors have to complement at least. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


June 10, 20190 found this helpful

I would agree that if the rooms are visible the colors should coordinate.

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June 11, 20190 found this helpful

Design needs to be what you love. I like rooms to be the same color walls and slightly different accents like drapes and pillow. It stresses me out when there is too much color on the walls. My one friend is all about shades of color...she has yellow, pale yellow, and an almost white yellow in her adjoining rooms. A third friend every room is a different and bright color. We all love our rooms and could not live in each other's houses. Do what makes you happy! There is no design jail! Post back what you decide!

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December 28, 2009

I have beige curtains on all the windows in my house. It has dark gray leaves and bright orange flowers printed on it. I want to paint the house and I would like to get some color ideas. I would like to paint each room in a different color.

I have a great room, kitchen, dining room, computer/office room, master bedroom, kids bedroom, guest bedroom, and 3 bathrooms. Thanks in advance for the suggestions.



Painting Each Room a Different Color - Advice

Your best bet would be to use a colour wheel. This way you can see what other colours would suit your curtains.
I have found this site for you:

Print it out and it will give you ideas when going to buy the paint.

Colours are an individual choice, what works for one doesn't work for another. I have a lovely fairly vibrant green kitchen that would suit your curtains, but that's not to others' taste.
Because you want different colours for each room and your palette is somewhat limited, because of the orange in your curtains, maybe try one colour for one room and then lighten that same colour to use in another room?
I did the same; I lightened the green paint from my kitchen and used that to paint my bathroom a much softer pale mint green.

Good luck, that's a lot of rooms to decorate. I hope you get some help.

Best wishes.
Monique x (05/22/2005)

By Monique

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Painting Each Room a Different Color - Advice

When my husband and I first bought our house we painted with tan. And we liked it, but we wanted something different. I watch HGTV and Trading Spaces and all the other shows I noticed they painted a lot with chocolate brown so we got brave and now every room is a different color and we get a lot of wows when people come over.

Our living room and hallway is chocolate with the ice blue, sand white accents and our bathroom has bright red walls with tan accents. The master bedroom and bath is a sagey, olive green with burgundy accents. My husband's race room (man room) is a gray color and the spare room is a blue, Tar Heels blue. We are redoing our kitchen from mint green to a brick red color to match the boldness of all the other colors. (04/13/2007)

By Melissa

Painting Each Room a Different Color - Advice

My home sounds exactly like yours. When I finish all my painting (I am 80% done), I will post pictures. We did our open living space (kitchen, family room, living room, dining room) orange, yellow, and lime green through out, but each wall has one of those colors, with red accents (sconces, light fixtures, pillows, rugs, candles, pictures, curtains, etc).

It looks amazing. We even painted our once plain boring white kitchen cabinet doors the lime green and added new red pulls and knobs. I love it. All our furniture has chrome accents, which I think pulls it all together very nicely for a modern look. I will say, it probably isn't for the color shy for obvious reasons, but it fits my personality and style. (05/21/2008)

By Heather

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