Sherwin Williams

color & inspiration

learn about color

in this section

Color Selection


Existing Elements

Often when decorating a room there are finishes and elements that will remain. Be sure to consider these elements such as carpet, tile and cabinetry when choosing a coordinating palette.

Inspiration Piece

If you have a favorite fabric or work of art it can be the perfect starting point for your project. You may want to match the colors exactly or just use them as a guide. You can play with the proportions of the colors so that they align with your inspiration or not. It's all a matter of your preference.

Setting A Mood

Decide on the mood or feeling that you want the room to evoke. Is it a room used for relaxing or entertaining?. See our Moods of Color section for inspiration.

Working with Light

Sometimes the lighting in the room will guide your selection. You can either work with the existing light or try to counter it with color.