Steps for Choosing Your Color Palette: Barn Doors

Steps for Choosing Your Color Palette: Barn Doors

Revamping your home's interior is exciting. A home is not a true home unless it reflects you and your family in a way you would be proud of. You need to decide what updates you will make and how those updates are going to compliment your home. So, where do you even begin?! That’s simple – begin by choosing a color palette! This is one of the most crucial and daunting parts of decorating. Whether it’s for your sliding barn door or for an accented wall, color is what helps define your home and give it personality. Here is the process for you to efficiently choose your color palette.

Step 1: Decide Where You Are Going to Install Your Door

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Now that you’re choosing your color palettes, you should start at the beginning. The beginning could be a central room or a front hall or entryway. Is there a color or a set of colors that you’re particularly fond of? Do you tend to prefer blues, yellows, or greens? Start with a color that best suits you then take that color and look at it in several shades and hues lighter and darker.

If you’re interested in a certain color, like red, and you are not sure between two different shades, maybe put one hue for the dining room and one for the living room. To make them work together, select a neutral that can be used in both rooms for ceilings, trims, or both. Some people suggest keeping hallways, landings and connecting spaces neutral in tone.

Once you work through this process, you’ll be ready to finish your home. All of the work and planning will work out perfectly and you’ll never have to think about your wall colors again. You can finally start living in your house instead of the hardware store paint aisle.

Step 2: Are You Going to Stain or Paint Your Door?


You have the option to have a painted or stained door, depending on what texture you are going for. Say you choose a red barn door; you have the option of many shades of red! Or you could go with a stain for a more rustic look but a more limited color selection. You can also choose to have no door finish!

Step 3: Choosing Your Colors


Start by working from a color wheel like the one above. There are three colors that you’ll be looking at which includes:

  1. Primary colors – This consists of red, blue and yellow. They are pure colors that can’t be created.
  2. Secondary colors – Including orange, green and purple. These colors are formed when equal parts of two primary colors are combined. As basic as they are, this is where we begin the color selection.
  3. Tertiary colors – These are a mixture, in varying parts of secondary and primary colors to create different hues. As a result, the primary and secondary colors become less vivid. White and black are usually added to darken and soften these hues.

Based on these facts, you can decide what tone and theme you want your home to have. Colors have the ability to provide an overall warmth or coolness based on what end of the spectrum you choose.

Step 4: Creating Your Color Scheme


The best place to choose your color scheme is by looking at your color wheel. Choose something that is the best fit for your home decor or personality. To help narrow it down, try to work toward one of these possible color schemes.

  • The complementary scheme is where two opposing colors, such as blue and orange, are used together to create a dramatic, bold, and high-energy color scheme.
  • This scheme uses colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel. For example, yellow will be used with green or orange, or blue will be used with green or purple. This creates a colorful and soothing palette.
  • The contrast scheme is the most dramatic of the schemes. Here you use a triad of contrasting colors such as yellow-orange, green-blue, red-purple. It introduces more color and energy into your home and to your décor.
  • The monochromatic color scheme uses tone on tone of the same color with the addition of black or white to lighten or darken the color. In this scheme, blue can become a pale sky blue or a dark midnight blue. All three hues of the same shade are used to create this effect.

We do advise you to not select your wall color first. Wall paints aren’t too expensive and can be created in any color and in any hue you desire. It’s best to start with the harder items such as sliding barn doors, furniture or carpets. Once you’ve selected your furnishings then you can move to the wall color.

Some people prefer their color on their furniture instead of their walls while others prefer more neutral furnishings contrasted by powerful, bold walls.

Step 5: Testing Color Tones

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Before you purchase your colors, test them out with paint swatches and fabrics. Draw out plans for your rooms and sketch in the colors. If they work on paper, try painting small areas of your walls. When you’re painting sample areas, look at other rooms and how they connect so that you can create a flow from room to room so the colors complement each other.
An adjoining room may want a non-accent or a neutral color or conversely, you can work with contrasting tones.

Want to learn more barn door ideas? Find out how to customize your door color and design.