Need any advice about the right color combinations to decorate your house? All of interior design professionals use something called a color wheel for this purpose and it can be found online.
The Color Wheel
The human eye perceives colors as the light reflects on a surface. Using a color wheel shows how colors relate to one another. There are three primary colors, red, blue, and yellow, three secondary colors, green, violet, and orange. There are also six tertiary colors, red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple, and red-purple.
Colors on the color wheel are arranged according to how they relate to each other. Using the color wheel will allow you to see how colors work together and how to create the type of mood you want set on any room. Using the colors that appear next to each other is called an analogous scheme. Colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel are called complementary. Complementary colors reflect light differently and this creates a vibrant and dynamitic look. Higher value colors such as black are intense while lower value color such as white are mellower.
A Lively & Inviting Room
To create a room that is living and inviting use warm colors. Warm colors can be found from yellow to red-purple on the color wheel and they reflect light nicely. Look for a combination of these colors when choosing art work, area rugs, or throw pillows. Other accessories can be purchased in one or more of these colors. A word of caution: go easy on the yellow, red, and orange as these colors tend to make people hungry.
A Cool Room
For those who live in warm weathers, creating a cool looking space can be done by using the colors from the opposite side of the color wheel. To create a cool room use the colors from red-purple to green. Tints are colors that have been lightened by adding white. Remember that adding black to any color creates a shade. When selecting your accessories keep this color palette in mind along with the various tints.
A Neutral Room
When decorating to create a neutral room think of earth tones, white, light gray,and tints and shades of brown. Layers, textures, and patterns in accessories add dimension to a neutral room. When purchasing throw pillows choose at least four to create a layered look and make sure you have two different sizes. Choose two different colors and another two that have a pattern. Purchasing art work that is textured or three dimensional is a good choice for a neutral room.
A neutral room is great for those who don’t like using a lot of color. At the same time a pop of color can be added for interest through the accessories you purchase. When adding color to a neutral room choose only one color. Accessories can then be purchased in various tints and shades.
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