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Should Your Home’s Interior Reflect the Exterior Style and Architecture?

Living room with carpet and a lampshade.

Generally, it’s not a good idea to match a home’s interior colors with its exterior for a number of reasons. While colorful homes are welcoming from the outside, a green couch and a red table in your living room or a green wall in your kitchen is just wrong.

If curb appeal is important to you, then you probably have lots of colorful flowers in your yard. But, when those same colors are used inside the home, suddenly they don’t look or feel so good. 

Interior Style

Living room with pink and blue theme.

There’s nothing wrong with colorful interiors so long as you don’t overdo it. Ideally, your living room should have three main colors that set the tone for the room’s interiors. The space below is decked in bright complementary colors that create a beautiful, neat, and welcoming ambiance. 

Remember, your living room is the most visible space out of all the rooms in your home, so it has to look simple, bright, and welcoming. Keep it colorful but don’t play with too many colors either, because the more colors you add, the less it becomes neat or organized. 

If you want your home to look simple and neat, reduce the number of colors you use. You can still express your personal style without using pink, red, or blue colors. You can add warmth and color with peach or other neutrals. 

Most of the other rooms in your home, like bedrooms, can be personalized according to the individual owner’s tastes and preferences. However, places like a guest room, kitchen, dining room, or living room should be neatly done because they are rooms that guests frequent. 

The minute you include red (table), green (couch), black (door), and pink (walls) in your living room or kitchen it becomes like Disney land, which is probably not what you’re going for. 

Sherwin Williams: “The interior color doesn’t have to match the exterior, but a similar tone will provide a smoother, harmonious transition.”

Exterior colors can be too much for an interior room unless you have a children’s playroom that actually requires vibrant color. 

For the best results, stick to a single color theme as that’ll give you an idea of how to decorate your home in a simple yet impactful way. 

I think the fewer the colors, the more organized your home will look. Too many colors make you look unorganized as if you’re not sure about what you want for your home and your guests will notice this. 

Interior Colors for Some of the Rooms in the House

Different colors of paint for room interior.

You can be a little more adventurous in personal spaces such as the bedroom and use colors like coral and lilac on the walls to reflect aspects of your garden. Or you can mix it up with a combination of complementary colors like yellow and gray both on the walls and on your bedding and decor. These colors are mostly bright but they don’t make as much noise as red, green, or bright pink.

Other colors that you can use in your house include:

  • Charcoal: For the living room, kitchen, and bathroom too.
  • Light pink: Is used in most rooms, like the walls in your bedroom or bathroom.
  • Olive green: Is mostly used on the walls.
  • White: You can never go wrong with this color and it’s suitable for any room in your home. Since it’s a bright color, it will bring a welcoming feeling to your guests. 

Exterior Style

A garden with trimmed lawn and colorful flowers.

An exterior with a well-tended garden should come with most of the colors you can imagine, such as red, green, purple, brown, etc. And you can’t really incorporate these colors in, say, a dining room, for example, unless you’re really into color. 

As you can see, gardens are the most beautiful part of our homes. But while these colors make for a more welcoming yard, they’re not exactly suitable for the walls and furniture unless you incorporate them through potents and flowers. 

The best and most simple color that you can use for your interiors is white, and as for the exterior; well, all colors make it beautiful because nature is perfect. 

Exterior Colors That are Meant for Nature Only

  • Green: Keep green outside. You probably have plenty of it on the grass outside, so there’s no need to paint your walls with it. You also don’t want to use it as the color theme in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or your living room unless you want your home to feel gloomy.  
  • Darker shades of grey: Grey pebbles and rocks are undeniably beautiful, but it’s a completely different story when we see it in the kitchen, for example. Unless you choose a suitable shade, grey is one of the gloomiest colors around and so it should be used sparingly and carefully.  

Jungle Colors Inside Your Home

Simple living room with indoor plants.

Personally, I don’t like any type of green color in my interiors apart from light neutral green. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate jungle colors like green into your interiors. In fact, design styles like the British colonial require the use of green, jungle-inspired accents to decorate the home, bringing a whole new meaning to the idea of bringing the ‘outside in’. 

Green can also be useful when incorporated as a flower in your kitchen or any other room. Just don’t overdo it and make it the theme of an entire room. 

Evan billings: “Although green is a fantastic color for the interiors, there are certain shades of green that just do not cut it. shades such as lime green are a big no-no for your kitchen. This electric, bright color can become too sharp for a place like your kitchen, and you may end up regretting it immediately.”

The Verdict 

Yes, I know some of us love to play with different colors in our homes, but the secret is to pick your colors wisely. At the end of the day, you don’t want your home to feel gloomy or too maximalist.  Use your colors wisely and focus on creating a space that is comfortable, welcoming, and reflective of your personal style.