Sometimes picking paint colors for your home can be frightening! There are so many decisions to make and you don’t want to make a mistake. Understanding some simple design color principles will help you get started.
Most interior decorators use the color wheel to set up basic color schemes when designing homes. All colors arise from the basic three primary colors. The Primary colors are yellow, blue, and red. All secondary colors on the wheel are achieved by mixing any two of these three basic colors together in various ratios.
Complementary colors are colors that are opposite on the color wheel. These colors when placed together create excitement and drama. For example, violet placed next to yellow or orange placed next to blue are good examples of complementary colors achieving drama in a room. With this in mind, each homeowner must decide which color trends is more appropriate for their individual needs.
Analogous colors schemes are colors that reside next to each other on the color wheel. For example red and purple, yellow and orange are both examples of analogous colors. These combinations tend to be a bit more soothing than complementary colors and work well in a more casual informal area.
Monochromatic color schemes feature one color in varying shades, tones and tints. Most of the time these color schemes are restful and sometimes almost monotonous. However, I have seen shocking pink monochromatic color schemes that were anything but restful!
When choosing your color scheme keep in mind how you want the room to feel, who is going to use the room and what colors are already in the home. If you are unsure what colors to even begin with, look in your closet. What colors do you tend to like, feel comfortable in and are drawn to? Once you decide on a color try the different color scheme suggestions above to help you formulate your plan of action.