Adding paint to your home is a great way to flex your creative muscle – colour, like your personality, knows no bounds. So you might not feel comfortable incorporating someone else’s colour scheme in your home. You can look instead to a professional for advice on achieving harmony or to nature for inspiration; in the end, though, the power to generate a unique palette lies in your hands.
Colour is governed by some pretty strict rules, at least when it comes to using it wisely. You don’t need to be well versed in colour theory to understand what works, but a basic understanding could come in handy.
The colour wheel is useful for visualizing different combinations and comparing subtle with bold schemes. Most palettes feature one colour prominently, while the others complement or contrast it. One of the simpler approaches is to use a monochromatic scheme. You would begin with one colour or hue and work with variations from within that same family. If you’re going to pick a blue, for example, you might find that without contrast the space will look cold. Conversely, working from a version of red might produce too much warmth.
As the name monochromatic suggests, the effect tends to be calm and subtle because there are no sharp transitions from one hue to the next. An analogous approach is slightly more adventurous: it expands out of the single colour group by using neighbouring colours on the wheel.
Complementary-colour palettes are popular choices because they introduce some contrast. Here the trick is to match colours on opposite sides of the wheel. In its most basic form this would mean blue with yellow, green with red and so on. Of course you can also play with tone, saturation, shade, tint and more to create a unique colour concept.
Some painters go further and work with a split-complementary scheme – where you would select a colour from left and right of the dominant colour’s opposite – or something completely uninhibited like a custom scheme.
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