Finding A Color Scheme

If you feel helpless when it comes to picking and blending colors, your answer could be as far away as your nearest pillow. Here is a quick, low cost way to create a color scheme all you have to do is remember PICK – SEE -LMD.

PICK a Pattern: Starting with a pattern is the easiest way to create a color palette for your decor. Choose a pattern from any object you already have and love such as a pillow, picture or piece of furniture. This will be the basis of your color palette!



SEE 3 Colors: Notice the colors and select a light, medium and dark color from your pattern, this will be your foundation. To keep these colors with you for quick reference, visit your local paint store and select coordinating color chips great find and need to know if it matches.

LMD: Using Light, Medium and Dark – How you use these colors can affect the overall appearance and feel of a room.

Color Combination Suggestion:

Light- Makes a room appear larger. This can be your background color if this is the effect you are trying to achieve.

Medium- Large pieces of furniture and windows – Since the color of these objects will blend with the above lighter selection, the medium furniture will ground the room and give it a foundation.

Darker- Accessories Since your eye is drawn to a darker more intense color you will be able to arrange you accessories in a manner to guide the eye flowing through your room. Create a wave effect by using various sizes of objects.

Now obviously there are variations to this rule as darker backgrounds and lighter furnishings can be very dramatic and beautiful.

PICK – SEE – LMD The quickest way to pick your color scheme!

Use it whenever you are trying to pull together a color coordinated room!

Article by Tammy Schoppet. Tammy is the founder and editor of Rental Decorating Digest. For more or her great ideas, visit her at

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