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Different Types of Color Schemes: What is best for you?

Color Schemes
Color Schemes
Alexia Bertsatos

Choosing a color for the walls is just one step to developing a successful color scheme In order to achieve the right color scheme for you, you have to decide what effect you want to create in that particular room. Do you want to create a vibrant or a subtle atmosphere? When you decide that, it is time to choose a single dominant color and then continue to the choice of the supporting colors that you will apply in smaller quantities. There is no absolute rule about color and where a particular color must go, ultimately, it’s what appeals to you that counts.

Colors are split into three categories, warm, cool and neutral. Warm colors are vivid, bold and energetic.Reds, oranges, and yellows are considered warm colors. On the other hand, cool colors are soothing and tend to give the impression of calm. Blues, purples and greens are considered cool colors. Greys and browns are considered neutral colors, in addition to beige, ivory, taupe, black and white that are also included in the same selection. Beware that different shades of any color can contain cool or warm hues. Now that the three main groups have been explained, let’s move on to the different types of color schemes.

A Monochromatic approach uses only one color together with all its shades, tones and tints. It can be used to create a unifying effect. Due to the lack of color contrast, a monochromatic color scheme can be subtle and peaceful but at the same time it needs a significant variation in tones and the addition of textures in order not to look boring. Neutrals like black and white can also be introduced in this type of color scheme to add a bit of an edge.

Analogous colors are situated next to each other on the color wheel, creating compatible color combinations that blend well together thus creating a harmonious effect. One color should be used as the dominant one and the others should be used to enrich the scheme. Analogous color schemes work best if the colors are all from either the warm side or the cool side of the color wheel and not a mixture of both. Analogous color combinations include: red-red orange-orange, green-yellow green-yellow, blue-blue violet-violet.

If you want to bring some attention to your room consider using a complementary color scheme. Complimentary Colors are situated opposite each other on the color wheel; they contrast, enhance and accentuate each other. The differences in tone and hue can be eye catching creating a dramatic effect. At the same time, because they make each other appear brighter and more intense, they need to be used carefully in order not to give an overwhelming feel to a room. Small amounts of a neutral color, such as white or black, help to enhance and balance the drama while also injecting a slightly contemporary feel. Contrasting color combinations include: Red-Green, Yellow-Violet, Blue-Orange.

A split complementary color scheme is a variation of the complementary color scheme; it is composed of a dominant color and the two colors adjacent to its complementary. This scheme provides high contrast without the strong tension of the complementary scheme creating a more sophisticated look. Split complementary color schemes include: green-red orange-red violet, red-blue green-yellow green.

The triadic color scheme uses three colors equally spaced around the color wheel. This scheme offers strong visual contrast while retaining balance, and color richness. Although, it provides contrast, it is not as strong as the complementary scheme and for that reason it looks more balanced and harmonious. Triadic color schemes include: orange-green-purple.

If you are still in doubt of which color scheme would work better for you and which colors will look good together then look outside. All the above color combinations exist in nature, look at forests, gardens, lakes, the desert and even the sky to get ideas. The contrasting colors of the flowers against the green of the leaves, the green of the trees against the blue of the sky, the different red, yellow and brown hues of the desert, everywhere we look there is color. A great place to visit is the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008, . Distinguish the contrast you like and just apply it in your home. There is no right or wrong combination as long as it pleases you.


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