How to Coordinate Room Color Schemes

To tie together a complete look for a room, coordinate your room color schemes in an attractive and practical way for a polished look.

One-Color Schemes
For those with simple taste and limited time, the one-color schemes might work. Use white as your background, then decorate around a single additional color such as red, blue, green, tan, or pastels.

With your one color as the foundation, you can add paint, cushions and accessories in any shade of the theme color, and include prints with your color and white for the curtains, bedspread or upholstery.

The look is easy to coordinate, can accommodate many different styles, and works for many different tastes.

Start with the Centerpiece

One of the standard pieces of advice for coordinating color schemes is to choose a piece of furniture, bedspread, or other focal point first. Then base the rest of your color scheme off of the main piece.

Choose your primary color either from one of the main colors in the piece or from a tiny, contrasting color. Then choose two other colors from the piece to use as contrast colors.

You’ll use the primary color for the walls or at least one wall, the basis of the curtains, and maybe shelves or countertops. The accent colors work well in cushions, vases, window scarves, or runners.