Analogous color schemes use three hues that are adjacent on the color wheel. Generally, one is used more prominently. The result is a restful, peaceful sensibility similar to that achieved with a monochromatic palette.

Analogous colors work well in any room, creating an illusion of a larger space. One of my favorite applications is in powder rooms. I use analogous colors for the vanity and floor then wallpaper the walls and ceiling in a pattern that’s primarily one of the triad of colors. The more intense the color the better.

The three analogous colors are represented by the floor, sink, and wallpaper unified and boldened by white trim, sink, and light fixtures. Personally, I would have loved to see the ceiling papered - or at least painted the background color of the paper. The impact would have been sensational!

The lobby of this condominium creates an inviting, quiet space by utilizing a warm analogous color scheme of orange, red orange, and yellow orange.

The three colors delineate various functional areas: the elevator bank (bottom right), the gallery (bottom left rear), and the main lobby, yet because of the analogous palette, the space remains unified in appearance.

The bedroom suite below uses a warm yellow green (sage) on the walls while the rug and arm chair in the sitting area are a soft blue green. The third green is found on the bed linens.

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