After you’ve decided what style of interior you want for your home and how much you’re willing to spend to get it, your next step is to determine which colors to use in your space.

Perhaps one of the best places to start is to flip through home design magazines and collect a few photos of rooms that catch your fancy. Browse online on websites that are dedicated to home decor, and gain some inspiration for the right color palettes you think would fare well in your home. Take notice of any color themes that appear frequently on the platforms you’ve been searching through and pinpoint one particular color that stands out to you – in a good way. This should help you select an overall color palette for your design project.

Keep in mind that even though one color tickles your fancy doesn’t necessarily mean it will be an ideal choice for your interior design project. Think about the mood and ambience that you’re going for: bright and lively, or dim and cozy? If it’s the latter that you’re going for, for instance, peach might not be the ideal color to highlight in your interior even if you’re in love with that shade.

You might even find that the perfect colors are found within your home’s landscaping, such as the vegetation and stonework. It may just be that the perfect inspiration for your interior design project can be found with greys, greens, and yellows, taken directly from Mother Nature that surrounds your home.

Maybe you can identify the right color palette by choosing one that’s already being used in your home’s decor. It may be a large area rug, a piece of artwork on the wall, or a statement furniture piece. If you absolutely love the item and can’t see your home without it, then you will most likely love the same colors that can be used elsewhere in the space.

After choosing the right colors for your project, your next decision is where to use them. That will depend on a couple of things, including your comfort level and even your budget, which comes into play if it’s a trendy color that you’ve decided to go with. Like most other rends, these come and go rather quickly, which means you’ll be changing things up again in the near future to stay current in the world of interior design.

Changing things up every so often can be costly, so if your budget doesn’t coincide with such frequent changes, you may want to go with a color palette that will stick around for a long time. Otherwise, just apply these trendy colors to things that can be easily and affordably swapped out, such as throw pillows or even wall paint.

Get more advice on picking the right colors for your home and consult with luxury interiors international designer Perla Lichi.