How to Choose the Perfect Color Palette for Each Room

By Toll Brothers 2 minute read

Last updated on July 19th, 2019

Choosing a room color palette to complement your ideal design and décor is exciting, creative, and empowering. One of the best tools to help in your decision is the color wheel, which identifies color families and how they relate to each other. 


Color Families Within the Wheel 

A color wheel is made up of 12 color families. The outer ring shows the hue of each family, meaning the brightest form of the color. Together, the tints, tones, and shades make up the values within each color family.


Painting with One Color 

One of the best and safest ways to select your color scheme is by using the various values within a single-color family. Called a monochromatic or tonal color scheme, this method ensures your space feels visually comfortable and harmonious while creating a rich visual effect. 


Select the Main Color

Start with your main room when choosing a color family, drawing from the furniture, flooring, and fabrics. Pick up paint swatches from the store and view the colors at different times of day to see how they look in natural and artificial light. Once you finalize your choice, select two more variations of the same color so you have a total of one light and two mediums. 


Let Your Colors Do the Work

If your main area gets a lot of light, paint it in the palest shade. A medium color works best in a room that is naturally dark. If you can see into other rooms, use a different color (the light or another medium color) to paint the far walls. This will make your space more visually interesting while still maintaining the overall tone you are going for. To further unify the space, finish the ceiling in a neutral color and paint all the trim white.


Add a Pop of Flair

To add some artful creativity to your space, select a dark or bright color from the same color family and use it as an accent throughout your space. Consider using this color for the kitchen backsplash, behind some bookshelves, or as an accent wall. You can also pick up the accent color in paintings, rugs, patterned fabrics, and pillowsto help draw the eye from one room to another.


Utilizing Multiple Color Families

For complementary colors, choose color families directly across from each other on the color wheel. If you want to work with three colors, referred to as an analogous color scheme, find your single color on the wheel and use the neighboring colors as your accent shades. These colors work well together because they share the same base.


A World of Color 

Even with the best advice, selecting a color scheme can be intimidating. If you’d like a little help, check out the HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams Collection. Based on the principles of the color wheel, the collection features beautifully choreographed palettes, each of which includes 20 coordinating colors. Just select the collection you like the best and rest assured knowing all the colors work together beautifully.

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Toll Brothers, an award-winning FORTUNE 500 company founded in 1967, is the nation's leading builder of luxury homes. Embracing an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service, Toll Brothers currently builds in 24 states nationwide, and is a publicly owned company with its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). 2021 marks the 10th year Toll Brothers has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies® list. Toll Brothers also has been honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.


    1. Terri brooks says:

      I was wondering if a backyard specialist could help me pick out hardscape for my backyard? Please let me know the cost for your ideas.

      • Andrew Espinoza says:

        Hi Terri, we appreciate your interest in working with Toll Landscape for your backyard renovation. You can fill out your information and get in touch with a specialist on our website: Please keep in mind that our services are only available in a select number of states, which are PA, NJ, VA, and FL.

    2. Bruce Ruckenbrod says:

      Where can I locate color choice chart for my Toll Brothers home located in Triviso West Scottsdale AZ

      • Andrew Espinoza says:

        Hi Bruce, do you know the lot number or address of your home? Once we have that information, we can reach out to the local team for help with obtaining your color choice chart. Thanks!

    3. Mellea McLaughlin says:

      What is the wall color on the “Pop of flair” pic and the “Utilizing Multiple Color Families” photo?
      thank You. you have beautiful homes.

      • Andrew Espinoza says:

        Hello Mellea, the color featured in the “pop of flair” image is Botany Beige (SW8913) from Sherwin-Willaims, and the color from the “Utilizing Multiple Color Families” image is Agreeable Gray (SW7029) from Sherwin-Williams. We hope this answers your question. Thanks!

    4. Steve Woodall says:

      Purchased a condo at Naples Lakes Country Club in Naples, FL. Can you tell me the paint code to touch up the trim. I am told by some long term homeowners that is TOLL BROTHERS WHITE. Does it have a code and where can it be purchased???


      Steve Woodall

      • Andrew Espinoza says:

        Hi Steve, I’ve reached out to our team for more information regarding the paint color you are seeking. I’ll let you know as soon as they get back to me. Thanks!

        • Andrew Espinoza says:

          Hi Steve, my team has told me that since your home is an older model, the best course of action for you to take is to show your color to a local paint store and have them color match it. This is the best way for you to get as accurate as a color as possible. We hope this helps! Thanks!

    5. Deb Russo says:

      What is the name of the color and paint of the bedroom
      In your ad? Blue walls


      • Toll Brothers says:

        Hello, Deb! We appreciate your interest in our design features, but we do not currently disclose specific information like paint color. If you are a Toll homeowner and are looking for a specific paint hue from your home, we can reach out to representatives if necessary. We hope this helps answer your question!

    6. Zoe Campos says:

      Thank you for giving me the idea to use a single color for our entire house and just choose between its various values for every room to create unity. We’re thinking of a cheaper way how we can change our house’s overall vibe without spending much on renovation and changing the color of our walls came into mind. It might be a good idea to consult professionals in residential painting and see what kind of color palette will suit our house the most.

      • Toll Brothers says:

        We’re thrilled to hear that you’ve taken some ideas from our blog, Zoe. We think that’s an excellent idea and know whatever colors you land on will look fantastic in your home!

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