Tuesday, September 20

What’s With Color? The Long Version Part 2: How to know what colors to use in a room. Color Schemes via the Color Wheel.

Okay, here is the second part on What's With Color?   As you can tell by the title above this one is about color schemes with the help of the color wheel.

By choosing your color scheme before you start to decorate can help eliminate costly mistakes. And remember, color is the foundation of decorating and is the most important component in decorating a room.
By using the color wheel you can develop a color scheme, color harmony, or color combinations. Monochromatic schemes are the simplest color combinations. They are soothing and easy to live with. A monochromatic scheme is the use of one color or color family in an array of shades and tints. Monochromatic colors should be no more than three shades lighter or darker than each other. A monochromatic room appears to be unified and harmonious.
Monochromatic or the use of 1 color or color family

Complementary schemes are any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Complementary schemes are richer than monochromatic schemes because they balance warm and cool colors. Depending upon the hues, these combinations can be disturbing or serene. For example but not limited to: yellow-and violet, green and red,  blue and orange.
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Complementary or colors opposite each other on the color wheel

The third basic color scheme is analogous. Analogous schemes or related color combinations are two or more colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel. The most familiar analogous combinations are the colors falling between two primaries and including one of those primaries. For example but not limited to: yellow-green/green, blue-violet/violet, and red-orange/orange. From these three types of color schemes, monochromatic, complementary, and analogous you can develop your own color scheme or color harmony in your room.
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Analogous or 2 or more colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel

In the next post we’ll talk about color schemes via an inspiration piece.

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