Which colors go best with which in home decor?

Indoors decoration is mostly influenced by the colors of objects and walls. Most importantly, the colors influence moods like happy, sad, depressed, etc…

Colors are not just to be looked at but to be lived with. They cause different reactions in different persons depending on their mental status or physical state of health. Colors can help in curing illness when used therapeutically, apart from beautifying our homes.

Color has a marked psychological effect upon us all. It can excite us mentally when they are bright and cheerful, soothe us when they are soft and quiet, or depress us when they are dark and somber.

Before we start finding out which color goes best with which it would be better for you to know about some terms used in this article.

Color Wheel:

Using the traditional color wheel, the primary colors are Red, Blue, and Yellow. Secondary colors are made by mixing two primary colors together or a primary color with a secondary color. For example, green is made by mixing blue and yellow. Tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors together, for example, red-purple. Complementary Colors lie opposite each other on the Color Wheel. When placed next to each other they tend to make each other appear brighter or more intense. They complete one another because they have some qualities that are similar while there are some qualities that contradict one another.

Complimentary Colors

Analogous Colors Analogy means similarity of function or relationship between objects which are otherwise unalike. Analogous color are any three colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel. They create a sense of cohesiveness when used together in decorating because they share some qualities while they contrast in others.

Monochromatic Colors

These are all the different values of one color. By using various tones, tints and shades, you can achieve different effects with monochromatic color apart from having the advantage of unlimited combinations without clashing.

Shades & Tints

A shade is created when black is added to a pure hue or its analogous color; for example, red-shade, orange-shade etc… The addition of black makes the color duller, darker and multiple additions make it darker and darker. A tint is created when white is added to a pure hue or its analogous color; for example, red-tint, orange-tint etc… The addition of white makes the color brighter.

The Best Colors for Interior Designing

Colors are divided into different groups according to their reaction on human beings:-

Warm colors are used in decorating because they are considered to be conducive to warmth and comfort. They increase the feeling of warmth due to their fiery nature like red, yellow and orange. Lighter warm colors like pastels will create a less intense effect but if you use dark warm colors, it can make your room appear smaller or more confined. If you want warmth in areas that receive little natural light then you can use wall paint colors in deep tones of red, orange and yellow. They reflect more light than cold color which is why they have a greater visibility.

Warm colors may not be used on large surfaces or on walls painted a stark white because it will enhance the effect even more making your space appear smaller and confined.

Some Colors used are as below:

Blue and Green:

Very balanced color scheme. Both color are quite deep so that they balance each other out. A soothing combination that creates a relaxing atmosphere. Good for those who have trouble sleeping at night.

White, Gray, and Brown:

Curtains, carpets, tiles, etc can all be used together to create a monochrome look for your living room home decor. This is a very classic style with an elegant feel to it – probably why it is most often seen in high-end boutiques and showrooms! It works well if the rest of your rooms are neutral as well – then you can use this same color scheme throughout your house decor!

Beige, Cream, Taupe:

Earthy tones create a very casual, laid-back atmosphere. Good for a room with lots of comfy furniture and pillows!

Gold and Silver:

A splendid yet glitzy color scheme that is quite suitable for a formal setting. A perfect choice if you have a huge ballroom in your home decor, but it may be too flashy for smaller rooms.

Pink and Red:

This is a very lively color combination that creates a vibrant atmosphere. It works well in kids’ rooms or playrooms because the color are so energetic and happy! However, pink also has some ‘feminine’ undertone so this colour scheme works even in master bedrooms as well!


The best colors for interior designing are like all art, it is subjective. There are several colors that can be chosen to decorate your home or office or any area you want. The choice of color depends on many factors; the most important factor being your preferences and tastes as well as those of other family members who share the same space with you.