The Property Brothers Use an “Anchor Color” in Designs—Here’s What That Means

Overwhelmed with color considerations? Keep things simple with this tip from Jonathan and Drew Scott.

What color should I paint my house? For starters, it helps to have a plan when looking for bedroom color ideas. Even if you have a general idea of the paint color you’d like to use, it’s best to narrow things down early. “Blue” won’t cut it—instead, think Denim Wash, Santorini or Hale Navy.

This help you avoid investing in a paint color that just doesn’t work in your space. It also helps you build a thoughtful palette. According to pros Drew and Jonathan Scott, aka the Property Brothers, you should be working with at least two, maybe three colors—but no more. Here’s what you need to know about “anchor colors” and “accent colors,” plushow to use them in your space.

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What Is an Anchor Color?

Your “anchor color” is the primary color for your room. The Property Brothers share that settling on an anchor color helps prevent a bedroom from being overwhelming color-wise. According to the home improvement and design duo, keeping things simple with an anchor color and one, maybe two accent colors is what you should aim for.

“If [it’s] too busy, it can be too complicated and distracting,” says Drew. “Keep it down to a few tones and look for ways to have one majority color on the walls, and use the other colors through accents and decor such as artwork.”

You’re probably familiar with the term “accent color.” These pops of bright or distinct hues show up in wall art, throw pillows and even on accent walls. Your accent colors should work in tandem with the anchor color to keep things cohesive.

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How Do I Use It?

The color selection process might take some time, but things start to get fun once your anchor color gets up on the walls. Because it’s your main tone, the anchor color should show up on a majority of the walls, area rugs and any large pieces of furniture—think 60%, says The Spruce.

Then accent colors can pop up creatively throughout your space in the form of accessories, bed linens, throw pillows, window treatments or artwork. If you keep it simple, like Jonathan and Drew suggest, the color selection and decorating process can be enjoyable—and the end result will be stunning.

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