Choosing colors when decorating a home can be daunting. Some homeowners decide to play it safe with neutrals and white walls, adding color with pillows and other small home accessories. Others embrace bright accent walls and prints. Some like to have their home’s design reflect their surroundings, and for Dallas homeowners, that would mean Texas colors.

Most people grow accustomed to the colors they see in nature in their part of the world, so it stands to reason they would want these familiar shades in their homes. Texas is home to everything from desert to pine forests, with a wide range of color.

To get a sense of the North Central Texas color palette, Dallas homeowners don’t have far to look. They can open their front doors or drive to work to see the yellow-green native grasses or the blue-gray little bluestem that waves in the field. Blue sky abounds, as well as the steely gray of spring storm clouds. Even the shades of a North Texas sunset — orange, gold, purple, and pink — can add distinction to a home.

For brighter North Central Texas colors, look at the wild flowers. There’s the intense purple-azure of the bluebonnet in early spring, and the glorious reds and oranges of the Indian blankets in summer. Pink buttercups with yellow nectar and bright yellow dandelions also provide inspiration.

Area water features also can inspire the colors in a Dallas-area home. From the blue of the area lakes to the bottle green of the Trinity River, these softer colors are great cool tones to incorporate. For homeowners who prefer brighter cool tones, these colors can go with the bright turquoise blue of an inviting backyard pool.

The colors of the great outdoors in North Central Texas can be incorporated into any home decor style, from shabby chic to mid-century modern and everything in between. Colors from nature are timeless classics.

Some homeowners in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex decorate their homes in Texas ranch chic, sometimes known in interior design circles as modern rustic, known in part for its Texas colors.

Modern rustic shades are often neutrals with some soft weathered shades of green, blue, and red. Think of the wood of an old barn or the treasures of a countryside antique shop. You’ll find shades of gray, charcoal, ivory, rust, tan, and practically every color of brown you can imagine.

For a distinctly Dallas look, mix and match the North Central Texas colors from nature with the modern rustic neutrals. Blending the two palettes would create just enough vintage Texas charm with a comfortable outdoor ambiance.