Whether you’re working with existing space and furniture or starting from scratch, these paint palette design tips and tricks can help you create a design you’ll love.

Find Inspiration Wherever You Go

From online resources to magazines to design shows, there are countless venues for viewing well-designed spaces. There are also many professional interior designers who share their thoughts and advice for well-crafted spaces through videos, blogs, or books. The key is to not take these designs too seriously. When looking for inspiration, remember to have fun with it. You do not need a concrete concept from the get-go. Take your time and explore what colors, textures, and combos make sense for you and your home.

Use Color Theory & Designer Resources

Another great paint palette design tip you’ll find recommended just about everywhere is to use color theory. Color theory is a set of rules and guidelines designers have come up with to help end-users—who may or may not have design or artistic experience—understand appealing color schemes. This utilizes a color wheel to look at the interaction or relation of colors with one another. Reading more about color theory and picking up or finding a color wheel online is a great way to create your own interior design paint palette.

Start With Fabric Print or a Painting You Love

Another great way to gain inspiration and to easily find an appealing color scheme is to look for inspiration from patterned fabrics or paintings. Bedding, pillows, throws, linen towels, painting, and photography can all be used to center your paint color ideas. Take a look at some of your favorite patterns or art to find ideas for a bold statement wall, subtle color for walls or furnishings, and complementary accent colors.

Test Before You Invest

Our final paint palette design tip is to test one or more color before you commit. Pick up a few final paint contender samples to test right in your space. This is a good way to finalize the tone of your preferred color and see how the lighting in your home affects the look of the paint colors. You can also test out your entire color scheme by finding color swatches for the primary and accent colors, getting a small paint can of each, and painting them side-by-side in the room or on a piece of wood or other scrap material.