PERFECT COLOR COMBINATIONS FOR YOUR INTERIOR
Its been all about colors this week, that explains how important it is in your interior design strategies. We are always constantly combining colors through our dress codes, food dishes and various occasions. This is because colors dictate our moods, comfort and style of a person or space. It is for this reason that burials are never colorful and likewise, parties never dull. This fact is related during interior works too. Well, let’s see how best one can combine colors for a perfect interior and I’ll call it color combination. How does one balance the sofa, floor and wall colors? Which of these colors then should dictate the right accents to use?
Let’s roll on with this!
What is a color wheel?
Ever heard of the color wheel? It was invented by Isaac Newton and with the mysteries behind this wheel, you’ll realize that colors are not simply art, they are a science. How the color particles combine to birth a new shade of color can be best summarized in understanding the color wheel.
Note that white and black are not technically colors, but they can be used to create lighter or darker (tints or shades) colors.
Blue, Red, Yellow are the base of every other color, that’s what makes them primary. They cannot be created by mixing other colors together, but rather, other colors are created by mixing these together.
These are color created by the equal mixture of two primary colors. Secondary colors include green, orange and purple. When mixing primary colors to obtain secondary colors, it is important to take an equal amount of both colors, creating a pure hue that you can then alter.
There are hundreds of different shades and tones of these colors that you can mix yourself. Take the pure secondary color of green and add some white paint to create a lighter shade of green.
Blue + Yellow = Green
Yellow + Red = Orange
Blue +Red = Purple
These colors, when placed near each other, create a great contrast. (yellow + purple, blue + orange, green + red). An interesting fact about complementary colors, is that when you mix them together, they create a dirty color. For the perfect combination in this scheme, choose complementary colors are opposite each other. However, as earlier noted, they have a great contrast and will therefore need one color to be matched with simple patterns or textures.
COLOR THEMES TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH YOUR INTERIOR COLOR COMBINATIONS
- 1. Analogous color theme.
Three colors seated next to each other on the color wheel. This theme is best applied using the 60%-30%-10% rule.
In the analogous theme, a minimum of 3 colors is required for a perfect blend.
The 60% in this rule covers walls, sofas, rugs of the interior space making it the dominant color.
30%, the middle color is usually fairly toned and takes up the furniture, curtains portraits, and other accessories.
10% is the additive color that caters for cushions, artworks and decorative accessories. If this 60-30-10 rule is observed in an interior space design with consideration to the color scheme, be sure to have the perfect interior.
2. Complementary color scheme
This theme involves 2 shades of color. Complementary colors sit opposite each other on the color wheel and usually, one is the dominant color and the other is accent/ compliment since they are usually of a high contrast. To reduce the contrasting effect between the two colors, patterns and textures of the accent color can be used in this color theme for the best results.
3. Monochromatic color scheme
This theme uses tints, tones and shades of one color. It is however usually boring since there is no mix of other colors to it. However, to spice it up, texture and prints can be used to bridge up that monotony in the space. Many might not differentiate tints, shades and tones. Simplified it is.
Tints are result color of one pure color mixed with white. Tones are a combination of black, white and a pure color. Shades are a mixture of black and a pure color.
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