The Best Ways To Use Color in Your Home Decor

Today we’re going to break down the best ways to use color in your home decor.

arched bookcase painted a colorful pale coral.
The warm colors in this home office bookcase help to give this room so much personality.

Photography by Jane Beiles

Interior designer Emily Kerans of Emily K Interiors, graciously agreed to share this charming Austin Texas Bungalow with us today.

Filled with so many creative ways to utilize color in the home, I just know you’re going to love this home tour!

How to Use Color In Your Home Decor

From the wall color choices to the more neutral colors used throughout this house, today we’ll get into why you don’t need a degree in color theory to figure out the right colors for your own home.

Emily combined several different colors throughout this chic abode so perfectly.

pink and coral walls in home office.

Let’s have a look at all the different ways Emily incorporated color through out her client’s home.

All of these spaces are great examples of how to get creative with different color schemes in the home.

We’ll discuss why and how an accent color and / or a secondary color might be just the thing to breath new life into your home.

Regardless of whether you’re familiar with primary colors or the complementary colors of the color wheel – it’s easy to use your favorite color throughout your home just by following these simple tips.

blue painted media cabinet with tv and decor.

Personal Style

Starting with the stunning shade of coral paint above.

One of the best ways to choose an accent color like this is to pull the color from an area rug.

This creates a cohesive look, perfect for an open floor plan.

blue and white family room.

Bright Color and Classic Neutrals For Your Interior Space

Next up is the beautiful blue built in bookcase / media cabinet – the feature wall in the living room.

I love the color choices in this space so much, as I tend to prefer cool colors for their calming effect.

The paint colors in this living space compliment each other perfectly.

The neutral color of the walls and the main color of the blue on a single wall here create a focal point which grounds this space with so much style.

Emily kept the window treatments simple – this way it doesn’t compete for attention – letting the fun pop of color take the center stage.

green painted bar cabinetry.

green trim on painted bar area.

I’m crazy about this bar area!

Emily sticks with the neutral wall colors and uses a beautiful shade of green to highlight the pretty cabinetry in this beverage nook.

It’s a simple detail which really enhances this small space and makes it look so special.

A Monochromatic color scheme in a neutral space.

A bedroom is a great place to choose different shades of the same dominant color.

In this room all the neutrals here have warm undertones which works perfectly with the subtle pop of pink on the lamp shade.

Neutral shades in various textures are the easiest way create such a soothing atmosphere and make the whole room feel so inviting.

black painted lower cabinets in white kitchen.

Finally, the kitchen – this is such a beautiful example of bold contrasts.

When in doubt, black and white is always the perfect color palette.


If you’re looking to try out a fun new bold color or simply wondering what the right paint color for your home is, be sure to order these self stick paint samples.

All the interior designers I know are crazy about this easy way of trying out paint samples, whether it’s a singe color or a some fresh new color combinations for your home…these are the best!


Still want more home decor inspiration?

Be sure to check out these additional posts by clicking on each title below:

The Best Looking Neutral Throw Pillows

How to Choose the Right Area Rugs For Your Space.

Design Details From Our Guest Room.

The Three Best White Trim Paint Colors.

Ideas and tips for kitchen pendant lights.

Beautiiful classic kitchen design inspo.

The Best Lighting Ideas For Your Garage.

How to get the high end designer look for less.

Beach Cottage Bathroom Ideas.

The Best Paint Color Options For White Walls

The Best Dining Room Mirror Ideas

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