Decorating your home is always an exciting time, and you don’t need to be a professional interior designer to do a great job. You may have many ideas for what you want your home décor to look like, but you need to make sure you always consider color matching so your space looks seamless (even if you’re eclectic). Whether you prefer a neutral color palette or are considering incorporating red or blackout curtains into your space, it’s important to have the basics of color matching before you start decorating. Evaluate things first in space first, you’ll want to get a specific idea of how you want your space to look. Different colors evoke different feelings and emotions, so it is important to ask yourself what you want each room to say through color. Cool colors like green and blue are often associated with calm and creativity, so they work great in a kitchen or office study area. Alternatively, warmer reds and oranges can make you feel exciting and sociable, so they are a good choice for any shared living spaces or entertainment areas. Learn about the color wheel You may have learned about the color wheel in school, but it is still just as important in adulthood. Color wheels are a great way to gauge which colors are most attractive to you, and perhaps most importantly – the colors that work together. One way to use the color wheel is to search for colors located side by side (referred to as analogous colors). Since these are similar in color to each other (like orange and red), they generally work well when used together. You can also search for complementary colors, which are colors that meet each other on the steering wheel like orange and blue. Using complementary colors makes each shade appear brighter, and it can really open up your home. The 60-30-10 rule is as old as time, the 60-30-10 rule has been used by interior designers for decades. This trick breaks down the colors into three percentages so that matching the colors is easy. 60% of the color you use should be the chosen “main color”, which will occupy the bulk of your room design. Generally, the base color is used on walls and floors or with accent furniture. You must then select a secondary color that will make up 30% of your space. The secondary color should be a contrasting color, and it works best when used with the majority of furniture, bedding, curtains, or carpets. The last color is a standout color and will only take up as little as 10% space. You can incorporate accent color through artwork, vases, throw rugs, or lampshades. Keep color personal Although it is essential that you have the basic foundations of color theory under your belt, you will still need to choose the colors you like. Choosing green because it’s a complementary color to purple works great in theory, but if you hate green, it’s best to skip it altogether. Think of color theory as a helping hand to achieve your decorative goals. Search the internet for inspiration, rate furniture items you already have and love, and find home decor styles you want to mimic your space. It’s also worth going to a paint store to collect samples, so you can bring them home and see how they work in your living areas. Once you know how to work with different colors and strive to have a space you love, decorating is easy.