Should the entire house be painted the same color? 4 creative color tricks that will surprise you

1. Bring Hues Together With An Unusual Pairing

Decorators and designers will often say they don’t follow rules when it comes to decorating but something that is helpful to bear in mind is that colors never need to match, they just need to work together.

2. Use A Whole House Color Scheme For Cohesion And Continuity

‘When an entire home is considered as "one" rather than a collection of individual rooms, there is instantly greater fluidity between different areas,’ says Sarah Ward, co-founder of Ward & Co.

3. Paint The Entire House In One Color For Dramatic Impact

A whole house color palette needn’t be limiting – in fact, it can be quite liberating once you’ve chosen your primary color scheme.

4. Use Different Colors To Create 'Zones'

The benefits of painting your home using contrasting colors are endless. The addition of an accent color is a quick and easy way to transform a space, define an area, or highlight architectural elements, believes Ruth Mottershead of Little Greene. ‘If you’re lucky enough to have wonderful architectural details such as archways, moldings, or picture rails in your home, paint is the perfect way to highlight them to create a design detail.’

How Many Different Colors Should You Paint A House?

Color theory in its entirety can be complicated but there are a few basic principles to help steer you in the right direction when it comes to using different paint hues, explains Patrick O’Donnell, brand ambassador for Farrow & Ball. While the short answer is to can use as many colors as you wish, there are a few things to consider that might help you decide. Light is a key factor and should be at the forefront of your decision, and the best way to address this is by considering the aspect of the room. ‘As a general rule, the number of colors you use in a small or dimly lit room should be minimal, while a larger, brighter space may be able to take much more color, or many accent colors.

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