How to Match Colors When Decorating
Choose one color that you really like for the walls.
Consult a color wheel to see which colors go well with the color you have chosen. The colors opposite the one you have chosen on the color wheel will complement the original color. Choose a few different shades of this color. Most arts and crafts stores sell color wheels.
Gather together samples of the shades of the complementary colors you are thinking about, and place them together on a poster board. You can get samples from any store that sells paint.
Set up the poster board near a window and observe the colors in different lighting conditions. As the light changes, the colors will look different.
Select one or two of the shades to use on the floor in a rug, or in a fabric that covers your sofa.
Things You Will Need
- Color wheel
- Poster board
- Color samples
- Accessories in a room can be any color, although it is best to stick with complementary or neutral colors if they directly touch one of your main colors, such as throw pillows on a sofa. If you want to match a color exactly for painting purposes, take the sample to the paint counter at any home improvement store. They can use a computer to match the color and create paint of that color.