Think first about practical aspects of the room such as:
- Function: How is the room used? Warm colors work well for active rooms, cool colors for relaxation areas.
- People: Who will use the room? Consider their color preferences when selecting your color scheme.
- Location: What is the exposure to sunlight? Northern and eastern exposures benefit from warm color schemes; western and southern exposures from cool schemes.
- Size: Do you want to increase or decrease the apparent size? Warm colors advance, making the room seem smaller; cool colors recede, making the room appear larger.
Choose a print you love. This will be your "signature print" that will set the color scheme for the room. Signature prints usually contain several colors and large scale pattern.
Let one color from your signature print dominate. Use this color in as much as 2/3 of the available area. Pull 2-3 other colors from your signature print to act as support or accent colors. Use them in smaller areas and in accessories. Carry your color scheme throughout the entire house to create a strong visual continuity. Varying the dominant color and patterns you use in each room --while remaining faithful to your basic color scheme -- will keep your home interesting, yet unified.