Home Decorating Inspirations: Finding Your Color Schemes

Decorating can be so much fun when you know the direction your heading in. But when you don't know the first thing about design the task of decorating might be overwhelming. Questions can run rampant in your mind about curtains, pillows and what type of artwork should display on your walls. Color often makes a significant impact on all of those things. If you're stuck before you even get to all of that stuff, you're in big trouble. So how do you find what color schemes should fill your abode without the help of a designer? By making yourself one. Just take a look at the world around you. What’s on that billboard sign outside of your grocery store? Or what colors seem to coexist in perfect harmony with each other in your neighbor’s garden? There are plenty of ways that you can get your color scheme without tearing your hair out in the process.

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Yellows, blues, greens and white.
Yellows, blues, greens and white.
Reds, yellows, browns and maroons
Reds, yellows, browns and maroons
Yellows, greens, whites and blues
Yellows, greens, whites and blues
Oranges, yellows, purplish grays.
Oranges, yellows, purplish grays.
Yellows, reds, beige, blues, greens and white.
Yellows, reds, beige, blues, greens and white.
Aquas, whites and blues.
Aquas, whites and blues.
Browns, yellows, golds, blues, and rusts.
Browns, yellows, golds, blues, and rusts.

The Open Yonder

Check backyards, sandy shores or dusky skies. There you can find a plethora of natural color ideas. Take seascapes for example. You’ve got aquas, dark blues, purples and white sandy beaches. How well do those colors jive together? Very much so. Then in a forest you have browns, dark green grasses mixed with lime colored leaves. Notice any splashes of wildflowers? Throw those in the mix too. You have all that blanketed under white clouds and a pale blue sky depending on the time of day. Sunsets provide a number of colors if you just take the time to see them. Oranges, purples, pinks and yellows can often be seen as the sun sets especially before or after a rainstorm. If you’re lucky you’ll see them all at once meshing together making the perfect decorum on the inside of your entryway or accents to any room.

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Navy, tans, burgundies, white and hunter's green.Reds, blues, aquas, yellows with hints of whites and blacks.Gray, black, white, pink and blue.Brown, pink, white and blue.Browns, golds, blues, reds and whitesBlack, white and a splash of red.Fun muliticolored.Shades of pink and white.Black, white, gray, teal with a hint of reddish-orange.
Navy, tans, burgundies, white and hunter's green.
Navy, tans, burgundies, white and hunter's green.
Reds, blues, aquas, yellows with hints of whites and blacks.
Reds, blues, aquas, yellows with hints of whites and blacks.
Gray, black, white, pink and blue.
Gray, black, white, pink and blue.
Brown, pink, white and blue.
Brown, pink, white and blue.
Browns, golds, blues, reds and whites
Browns, golds, blues, reds and whites
Black, white and a splash of red.
Black, white and a splash of red.
Fun muliticolored.
Fun muliticolored.
Shades of pink and white.
Shades of pink and white.
Black, white, gray, teal with a hint of reddish-orange.
Black, white, gray, teal with a hint of reddish-orange.

Wild Out

You’ve seen animals with gorgeous markings. Most of the charm and beauty of an animal is how remarkable they're fur or skin looks. They didn't have a say in the matter but they often are naturally mesmerizing to the eye without any effort on their part. Just think, if you find their patterns and colors meld well together then chances are those same colors will work well together in your home. Their patterns can make great accents for any room. Their colors can inspire color schemes as well. Take a look at the mandarin duck to the right. It is so beautiful. Just look at how its colors go so well together. From it you can see that navy, tan, burgundy, white and hunter's green can blend in so well with one another when used in the correct amounts.

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Greens, turqouises, reds and white.Blues, pinks, yellows, navies, golds and many more.Oranges, blues, reds, black, white and grayReds, greens, white and golden huesGold, blue, yellow, green and black trimming.The crowning of this archway offers yellows, reds, blues and whiteBlue with a trim of yellow and a splash of fushia.Blues, reds, yellows, oranges and white.
Greens, turqouises, reds and white.
Greens, turqouises, reds and white.
Blues, pinks, yellows, navies, golds and many more.
Blues, pinks, yellows, navies, golds and many more.
Oranges, blues, reds, black, white and gray
Oranges, blues, reds, black, white and gray
Reds, greens, white and golden hues
Reds, greens, white and golden hues
Gold, blue, yellow, green and black trimming.
Gold, blue, yellow, green and black trimming.
The crowning of this archway offers yellows, reds, blues and white
The crowning of this archway offers yellows, reds, blues and white
Blue with a trim of yellow and a splash of fushia.
Blue with a trim of yellow and a splash of fushia.
Blues, reds, yellows, oranges and white.
Blues, reds, yellows, oranges and white.

About the Town

From pillar to post, you can look to buildings, homes and signs for inspiring color choices for your home's décor. Haven't you noticed a photo of a building and not only marveled over its architecture but also at its colorings? You might have not even noticed its color motif but just found it visually pleasing. Give it another once over and take notice in its color scheme. Just for the sake of getting out of the house, take a walk in the center of your town or a jaunt through your own neighborhood. Begin to notice the color choices around you on doors and windows. Just know that it is a designer’s job to titillate the eye so any assortment of colors you see is more than likely well thought out. You’ll find great color selections from looking at shutter, door and home siding combos. You just might find your next indoor look.

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Dark yellows, hints of lavender and grayish blue.MulticolorBlue with white and a black trim.Pinks, greens, yellows, blues and white with black trimming.Plain colors mixed with striped accents.Pink, white and gray.Blue, green, white and purple.Red, purple, fushia and black.Orange with hints of red and green.Ties are a great way to find your color selections. They make the perfect swatches.
Dark yellows, hints of lavender and grayish blue.
Dark yellows, hints of lavender and grayish blue.
Multicolor
Multicolor
Blue with white and a black trim.
Blue with white and a black trim.
Pinks, greens, yellows, blues and white with black trimming.
Pinks, greens, yellows, blues and white with black trimming.
Plain colors mixed with striped accents.
Plain colors mixed with striped accents.
Pink, white and gray.
Pink, white and gray.
Blue, green, white and purple.
Blue, green, white and purple.
Red, purple, fushia and black.
Red, purple, fushia and black.
Orange with hints of red and green.
Orange with hints of red and green.
Ties are a great way to find your color selections. They make the perfect swatches.
Ties are a great way to find your color selections. They make the perfect swatches.

Fashionable on the Inside

Models are often adorned from head to toe with splashes of colors that you wouldn't have imagined going together yet somehow they work. Though we may not agree on the hodge podge styling of some of the outfits we see come out on the runway, the array of colors, however, may still raise an eyebrow of interest. Fashion hands down can put ideas into your mind about what colors to dress your décor in. Check out fashion mags, department stores, window shop at the mall or watch the latest fashion shows to see what your walls and furniture could be sporting. Decorating your home is no different than fashion. Carry such visually appetizing colors from the runway into your home. Steal color ideas from those big designers. Color schemes, patterns and all. Don’t be afraid to dress your living spaces with the finest looks.

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Light blue, bright green, dark red with hints of yellow.Creams, beiges, tones of brown, hints of light yellow, lime green and blackLight blue, yellow, green, orange with gray trim.Blues, oranges, purples and yellows.Light blues, dark blues, yellows with dark trimming.Oranges, yellows, reds and browns.Reds, aqua and black.Burnt orange, metallic blue and black.Navy blue, orange, yellow and shades green.
Light blue, bright green, dark red with hints of yellow.
Light blue, bright green, dark red with hints of yellow.
Creams, beiges, tones of brown, hints of light yellow, lime green and black
Creams, beiges, tones of brown, hints of light yellow, lime green and black
Light blue, yellow, green, orange with gray trim.
Light blue, yellow, green, orange with gray trim.
Blues, oranges, purples and yellows.
Blues, oranges, purples and yellows.
Light blues, dark blues, yellows with dark trimming.
Light blues, dark blues, yellows with dark trimming.
Oranges, yellows, reds and browns.
Oranges, yellows, reds and browns.
Reds, aqua and black.
Reds, aqua and black.
Burnt orange, metallic blue and black.
Burnt orange, metallic blue and black.
Navy blue, orange, yellow and shades green.
Navy blue, orange, yellow and shades green.

Creepy Crawlies and Underwater Finds

The wings of butterflies or the backs of insects can teach the most accomplished decorator a thing or two about adding color to any room. In fact it probably is what inspires them. These slithering and hopping creatures with their color combinations can really make you see mixes and matches like you never would have before. After all their decorative color designs are all naturally existing together. No paintbrushes or color wheels needed. If you have the time take a look around your backyard. Notice the wasp or bee a’buzzing around. Some of the peskiest of pests are created with a wonderful mix of hues that make them almost desirable to look at. You might find your next color creation under that unturned stone in your backyard.

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Floral Design

Pretty much anything in nature is perfect for inspiring any color options. Flowers are indeed one of the best to copy from. Tulips, irises and orchids are just a few of God’s creations that come in all different patterns and colors. They can get your creative juices flowing and produce some awesome colors for you to think about using. If you don’t have your own bed of roses, take a detour to your local nursery one day and get a feel for some matching colors. If you find something you do like, you can in turn use them to accessorize your home.

It's quite clear to see that nature and the things around us can inspire color choices for your home décor. If you're having difficulty thinking of what your bedroom or kitchen should look like, look around you. That annoying cat next door or the odd yellow house with the blue door and white trim could inspire you in the direction you want your indoor spaces to look and feel. Somewhere outside of a decorating catalog or heavy design book could be the color combinations you're looking for.

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Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

Nia, this was a great hub. It's the most beautiful one I've seen. It is amazing how much natural beauty surrounds us in our day to day lives. I'm sure it was fun writing this. Thanks and voted all the way up!


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NiaG 3 years ago from Louisville, KY Author

:-) Thanks! I did have fun. There's so many naturally beautiful things out there. It was so fun to go through all the pics I did. Thanks for dropping in! Have a wonderful day!


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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

Great hub. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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NiaG 3 years ago from Louisville, KY Author

Thanks so much for stopping by Vacation Trip. Glad you enjoyed it! Have a good day!

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