Decorating color schemes

Decorating color schemes

When decorating your room or your home color schemes make up the single most important aspect of your choice.

A good combination of colors in the scheme of your decoration can make your room look livelier and more appealing. On the other hand you can spoil your decoration or the look of your room with mismatched color schemes.

Decorating color schemes

Colors are distinguished as Primary Colors, Complimentary Colors, Neutral Colors and Related colors.

  • Primary colors are the basic colors of nature and are Red, Blue and Yellow. Pure primary colors are used to accentuate objects though are not used directly to decorate your house walls or furnishings. Secondary colors are ones that are formed from the mixture of the primary colors like Orange and Green.
  • Complementary colors are located opposite each other on the color wheel. Blue, for example, is the complement of orange. Complementary colors enhance each other in decorating schemes. Related colors are those next to one another on the color wheel. Designers often build color schemes around two or three related colors.
  • Neutral colors are shades of white, gray or beige. Most neutrals are tinted slightly with a warm or cool color. Neutral-colored walls provide a backdrop that does not compete with furnishings and accessories.

Another interesting aspect of color schemes in decorations is that it can make objects like your furniture look bigger and prominent. Moods and styles can be created with color for instance for a classic Victorian house, shades of blue, rose, beige, royal blue and pink can lend a formal mood. Light shades of Pink can look great in the bedroom. Pinks and greens may also be used in country cottages.

For a contemporary look use shades of green, blues, lemon yellow and grays of course complemented with matching furniture. Some more color schemes like yellow to brighten up the room, paler shades to soften the appearance, blue or turquoise to give the effect of water. Avoid red, though some may suggest using red in the kitchen if you follow Feng Shui, it isn’t recommended in the kitchen because of it’s over intensity.

Another good decorating scheme would be to mimic the color schemes in nature, be it the sky blue or the color shades of green or earthy brown or pale yellow. Light also plays an important role in accentuating the colors and can lend different shades and views of the color based on varying intensity. For instance fluorescent colors weaken warm colors and enhances cool colors.

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