It’s official! We are both homeowners and Hoosiers! (making me a member of a second of Vonnegut’s own granfalloons)

Our house was built in the 90s, and is in moderately good condition, however… It has seen few if any updates in the past 29 years (the countertops and walls in the kitchen are both salmon colored I just…)

As an engineer who loves my Ikea furniture aka adult Legos, I’m hoping to put in plenty of sweat equity. But before I go ripping out all the honey oak in the kitchen, I thought I’d start with something simple, like a head-to-toe paint job.

Which leads me to my question. I’m not sure where to start. A few years back I painted my entire apartment, but my colors didn’t mesh all that well together.

So this time around I’d like to choose a whole-home palette first, and from there when I go to paint a room I know I can choose any one of the five-ish colors and it will coordinate with the rest of the house.

The problem is that I have no clue how to make this work. For one, I’m not sure how to pick colors that all coordinate without just using analogous colors. After about ten minutes I lose any color-sense I may have started with. I’m sure there are some rules I should follow, as far as picking certain neutrals to go with brighter accents, but I don’t know them.

Secondly, I’m curious if anyone else knows a great app or tool to use for this purpose. I’ve been using Color Harmony which is cool for making digital palettes, but just isn’t exactly right for the transition to analog. Any other suggestions?

Where I’m leaning right now is a pale turquoise, something like Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt as a base color and a nice dark petrol and a dusty rose for some accents, but I feel like I need a few more options for allover color because the petrol, while gorgeous, feels heavy for a whole room. Help!

Happy colors everyone!

All that Nerdish

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