|Harley - Director of Inspiration|
Guidelines are the same for using color in interior design and for fashion. Some of us know the colors we like to wear that make us feel comfortable and at ease. However, when selecting colors for our homes, many of us get confused and conflicted. Finding the colors to make a space feel comfortable and welcoming can be overwhelming. Another group of us has no issues decorating our homes, but panic at the thought of selecting an appropriate outfit.
You don’t have to know color theory to create a dynamite fashion look or spectacular home. For those of you interested, this is a good introduction. Otherwise, skip this section and read the next: Simple Tips for Selecting and Using Color.
Colors in the red/orange area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange and yellow. These warm colors are vibrant, exciting, and warm. Colors on the blue/green side of the spectrum include blue and green. They’re cool, tranquil, and calming.
Analogous colors - three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, with one of the three usually being dominant over the other two. Together, they give a cohesive look.
Complementary colors - directly opposite each other on the color wheel, such as red and green and orange and blue. Complementary colors create maximum contrast with vibrancy and excitement.
Triadic colors - three colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. Choose a color, skip three colors to get your next choice, then skip three more to get your third. When using the triadic color scheme, keep colors balanced by choosing one dominant color and using the other two for accents.
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Buy yourself a color wheel and play with the different combinations. Then go to your local paint store and buy sample pints of paint and experiment right on your walls. You’ll have the opportunity to experience the color in a variety of light conditions before making the final decision and investment.
Want to use all the colors of the rainbow? In your home, I believe in limitless color, but I do insist that there be cohesiveness amongst different rooms, and a logical transition from one adjacent room to another. Love decking out in rainbow attire? Wear multiple colors with the correct scale to achieve balance.
Nature is able to mix many different colors so that each is distinct, yet none seems out of place. We can achieve the same.