Learn where to look for palette inspiration — and one commonly advised place maybe you shouldn’t

Decorating 101: How to Choose Your Colors.

Once you have figured out what style of interior you want and how much you want to spend, your next decision is: What colors should you use?

At the beginning of our Decorating 101 series, I recommended collecting photos of rooms that you like. And don’t just limit yourself to room shots. “I tear a lot of photos out of Vogue that are very inspirational to me for color palettes,” says San Francisco designer Allison Caccoma.

Take out those images or call up your Houzz ideabook now and have a good look. Are there certain color palettes that appear over and over? Is there one color that you find yourself liking the most? That should help you choose an overall palette for your decorating project.