How to Use Art to Create a Paint Color Palette

Are you having a hard time deciding what color to paint your room? Just one room or your whole house? An excellent way to choose a color scheme is to use your favorite piece of art. A painting, a print, or even a photograph can be the basis of the colors you choose to decorate your home with. I’ve done this myself in my own home, and helped clients do the same in theirs. It’s a good way to find colors that you like. How do I know you will like the colors? You like the art don’t you?

The first thing you need to do to choose your color palette is:

Find a piece of art that you truly love. It doesn’t have to be from a Master. It can be your favorite picture from your dream vacation. You know, the one with the beautiful view or the ceiling of the amazing ________ (you fill in the blank) that you visited and can’t get out of your head. Yes, that one.

The second thing you need to do to find your color palette is:

Get out that picture, painting, or print and look at it. I mean, really look at it. Study it. What is it that draws you to it? What is the feeling that it gives you when you see it? Is that a feeling that you would like to have in your room? yes? Then look at the combination of colors you find there. Choose the main color. The one that stands out the most.

Next, choose the second color that stands out. And then the next, and the next. Confused? Here’s an example:

Empty hammock in the tropical beach in the Maldives at sunset
Empty hammock in the tropical beach in the Maldives at sunset

Say you want to convey the sense of peace, calm, and tranquility that a beautiful sunset on your favorite beach brings to you. What is the main color in this photo? The blue of the sky? The white of the sand? Maybe the green of the flora? To me, it would be the pale blue of the sky or the aqua color of the water since blue is a calm, peaceful color. So our first color choice is blue.

Blues from the sky, water, cloud, and shadow
Blues from the sky, water, cloud, and shadow

Then choose the second most prominent color such as, the sand

sand & sun
Sand and sun

We can also choose the green for accent

green leaves
green leaves

The third thing you need to do to find your color palette is:

Pull colors from the image, and play around with combinations to get the perfect color palette for your room.

Sample Color Palette 1

sample color palette 1 - Diva by Design

Aqua for the walls, gray for the floors, the trim in white, and the navy as an accent. Or you could go completely neutral with

Sample Color Palette 2

sample color palette 2 - Diva by Design

Paint the walls in the blush color with the flooring in gray or light brown, with the trim in white and the furnishings in white.

Sample Color Palette 3

sample color palette 3 - Diva by Design

In this palette, the walls in blue ceiling and trim in white, blush and gray as accents. You say I didn’t use the green? In my opinion, since it is such a strong shade of green, I would use it by adding plants to your space. The perfect accent to any room in the house. It’s that easy! Comment below to let me know what you think!

If you’re still having a hard time, I can help. Just click HERE to find an e-design package that will work for you.

I’m Christina Rodriguez and I am the face behind Diva by Design Interiors. You can read more about Diva by Design here. I like to get feedback (comments) on my blog posts because when you comment or ask questions, it gives me an idea of what you’re interested in reading about. It’s a great way for me to get an idea of what to write about next. I’d love to know who my readers are and what projects you are thinking about starting (or finishing) in your own home. So I would appreciate it if you would take the time to introduce yourself in the comments! Thanks!
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