Colour Schemes in Interior Design
Colour Schemes in Interior Design
One of the most important parts of any interior design project is choosing the right colour scheme. There are many colour schemes so there is a scheme for every taste. The best way to find your ideal scheme is on your colour wheel. You should use your wheel to find the perfect colour and its corresponding/complementary hues. Some of the most popular and enduring schemes are included in this article with some handy tips.
The Most Popular Schemes
One-colour neutral: Monochromatic schemes come in one of two varieties. You can use a single colour, or tonal variations of that colour. The most common schemes are based on white or beige, which can look very chic and never quite goes out of style. You must make sure that all your whites and beiges are either cool or warm. Plus, if you use texture and pattern (subtle ones such as woven work well) these can add a real flair and be a point of interest. Although, you must be careful as white and beige have a tendency to announce flaws loudly. Architectural imperfections, dirt, stains and marks may seem exaggerated.
Two complementary colours: The complementary scheme usually works with two colours that contrast. Usually colours that lie on opposite sides of the colour wheel. Aim to use proportionately more of one colour to prevent too much tension. It is recommended that you use softer versions of your chosen colour, such as tan and slate, to avoid too much clash and contrast.
Three-of-a-kind: This analogous scheme works with three colours that lie close on the colour wheel. Typically, a scheme like this features one primary colour plus two supporting colours (secondary or tertiary colours whose purpose is to lie on either side of/compliment the main colour). For example, you can try blue with a blue-green and a blue-violet.
Three-of-almost-a-kind: The split-complementary scheme complements one main colour with two colours that are adjacent to the corresponding colour (but not the direct colour itself). On the colour wheel, draw an imaginary line from one main colour to its complement. Select a colour that is one space to the right of the complement, and then move one space to the left of the complement to find the second colour.
Three-part harmony: The triad scheme uses three colours the same distance apart on the colour wheel. To find your colours, start with your main colour and draw lines to colours that are equally spaced from the original colour choice to form a triangle. Examples of triad colour schemes are: red, yellow, and blue; and orange, green, and violet.
Four-part harmony: The tetrad scheme is much like the three-part harmony scheme but it features four equally spaced colours. Traditionally colour schemes are quite neutral shades. Although, these schemes are notoriously tricky to pull off, so it is advised that you base your own scheme on a fabric swatch, for example. You may find that coordinated upholstery and patterned fabrics makes the effort easier.
Don’t be afraid to experiment! Go bold , try colours that clash. This is your chance to be creative and show your guests who you really are.
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