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Color Options for Every Room

Discover hues and ideas to decorate your space


Some homeowners believe that choosing the right colors for their homes is not rocket science. It’s quite easy to work with shades of our favorite color or simply pick ones that go well with our chosen furniture and décor.

If you’re in the course of completing your dream home or you’re one of the many who have taken a renovating journey – you might find it difficult to finalize the color palette of your space. We asked interior designer and Real Living editor-in-chief Rachelle Medina for options and why these hues work. Take note of the suggestions below:

Main photos from: Sara Woodrow via Cate St. Hill and Country Living.

Living Area

Consider working with unexpected neutrals like Khaki, Chocolate, Oyster Gray, Slate Gray and Navy Blue.

Photo from Unique Home Stays.

Guests and visitors get to see the living area first so it needs to make a statement. However, since it gets updated often, the palette should be neutral enough to go with the ever-changing furniture pieces. "These colors are great neutrals that much better than beige," Rachelle explains.

Photo from Dear Designer.

Dining Area

Opt to work with rich colors like Marsala (2015 Color of the Year), Eggplant, Peacock Blue, Cobalt Blue, and Olive Green.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

"Luxurious, jewel-box colors add an air of richness and sophistication to even the simplest of dining areas, and the intimacy they invoke will make dinner guests linger," Rachelle explains.

Photo from Homedit.


Soothing colors can easily transform the bedroom into a perfect refuge. Choose colors such as Serenity, Rose Quartz (2016 Colors of the Year), Sage Green, and Seafoam

Photo from StyleBluePrint.

"Bedroom color palettes should always induce rest and sleep, unless you plan to do other things in the room," she shares. After a long day outside the house, it's always rewarding to come home to a special space where you can put your feet up and relax.

Photo from Sara Woodrow via Cate St. Hill.


Sunny colors like Butter Yellow, Tomato Red, Lime Green, and Robin's Egg Blue are ideal for the kitchen.

Photo from Country Living.

"There is a belief that sunny, bright colors can deflect pests from food," Rachelle shares. These bright hues can also lend a vibrant energy to the busiest part of the house.

Photo from Better Homes and Gardens via Style Me Pretty.


You can work with bold, statement colors like Black, Neon Green, Turquoise, Cyclamen Pink, and Gold Leaf in the bathroom.

Photo by Bethany Nauert.

"The bathroom is the smallest room, so there is less area for mistakes if you want to do bold colors. A surprising hue will impress first-time guests, and help wake you up in the morning," Rachelle shares.

Photo from Home Adore.

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