Before you can pick a paint color, know the color classifications: active, passive, and neutral.
- Active: These hues inspire action, and include reds, yellows, and oranges.
- Passive: The shades in this category, such as blues, greens, and purples, work to pacify you.
- Neutral: This group includes earth tones, such as grays and beiges.
To find the color combinations that will best suit the different rooms in your home, use your existing décor as inspiration. Your furnishings and accent pieces will pave the way to finding the perfect shade for each room. For example, if your furniture is beige and your throw pillows are brown, a neutral shade is probably best for the walls.
Another option is to consider the feeling you want the room to convey. Perhaps you want your guests to feel relaxed and at ease in your living room, but lively and fun in the family room. This will guide you to the right color palette for each room.