How do you choose colors for your interior?

One of the most difficult of interior design is to create a common thread, not least in the color scheme. Decorating with primary and accent colors is a simple way to get it done! But what is meant by primary and accent colors? And how do you get the right color combinations?

1. Select the basic color

The primary color is the color that is dominant in the room, usually the wall color. Primary colors are generally neutral and quieter colors such as white, gray, beige, or a modest color with a lot of blacks. But for the room to get that little bit extra, accent colors are needed as a contrast to the primary colors. Their task is to create an eye-catcher in the room and to make it livelier. The accent colors can be tone-in-tone with the primary color or complement.

2. Select accent colors

Start by examining the colors of the home and the interior. Your wall colors are a good starting point for choosing accent colors. Do you have a high wall or a favorite wall color? What is the dominant hue of the house? If the predominant color is white, gray, or black, you can choose any accent color and start from it as the basis when / if you want to choose more accent colors.

3. Create an accent color palette

Spend some time planning your color choice. If you have thought with your accent colors, it becomes easier to decorate, and your house becomes much more uniform. Use a small palette of accent colors that you stick to the entire house or at least in at least three rooms. Then you get a common thread through the interior, and it is easy to move accessories between the different rooms if you want a bit of variety. A rule of thumb is that an accent color must occur in at least three different places in the room. This way, you get the look to walk in the room and the accents to feel well thought out. Too many colors make a place uncomfortable, so don’t use too many accent colors.
Think of the feeling that you want in every room. Warm colors such as red, orange, and yellow feel more intense, livelier, and more intimate, while the intense colors blue, purple, and green contribute to a calmer and more relaxed atmosphere. Do you want your accent colors to “take shape” and stand out or blend in and complement the rest of the interior?

Be inspired by the pros! Maybe you have a favorite plate or poster, something nice with a pattern, a colorful rug, decorative pillow, or any other interior piece that you want a little extra? Then you can easily copy this color theme.

The image below shows, for example, how the colors of the board go back to the interior.

There are different ways to choose colors:

The color wheel

A color wheel is an excellent tool for determining your accent colors. It contains twelve colors but can be expanded to an almost infinite number of colors. A good start is to start with one of these twelve primary colors and then, if you wish, to make them lighter or darker using different amounts of black and white.

Color wheels with twelve primary colors.

Do you want your accent colors to stand out – choose a color scheme with complementary colors? This means that you use opposite colors in the color wheel with the dominant base color on one side and the accent colors on the other. This way of combining colors provides a high contrast between the accent colors and the dominant base color. (In the illustrations, blue-green is the dominant color).


When you choose furniture and details for your home, you can now start from your accent color palette. Of course, you don’t have to use all accent colors in every room. Use the dominant color for the room, such as the wall color, to determine which accents are used in your palette. 

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