What excites me the most in home design is mixing and matching colours. I love researching for new themes and colour styles. Colour wheels have began to really inspire me lately because it’s the perfect way to visually demonstrate the relationships between the primary, secondary and tertiary colours.
As you can see here, the Colour Wheel is broken up into the three sections; Primary, Seconday and Tertiary.
Not sure what each of the colour categories mean? Let me break it down:
- Primary colours
Primary colours are red, yellow and blue.
- Secondary colours
The result of mixing two primary colours together to make another colour, i.e. greens, purples and oranges.
- Tertiary Colours
The result of mixing a primary colour with a secondary colour.
It’s considered that colours which are close to each other on the colour wheel are known to have a harmonious relationship and they are known as analogous colours. you tend to get a rich monochromatic look if you place these colours together.
Colours that are opposite each other on the wheel are complimentary colours. Therefore if you place two opposite colours on the wheel such as red and green or blue and orange you’ll get much more of a striking look that stands out. My mood usually determines how I want my colour scheme to go, but I generally tend to go for bold, eye-catching colours. If you need more guidance and don’t know where to get started, then check out my 3 eye catching colour scheme ideas for your bedroom.
Go for fiery meets ocean
Opposites really do attract! Blue and orange are at opposite ends of the colour wheel. To get striking results, try using both colours together in your room. Blue is seen as a calming colour while orange is vibrant and fiery, but when these two colours are put together their strong personalities counteract each other amazingly. If you’re looking to breath life back into your bedroom, then this complimentary balance of colours could really work for you. For inspiration, use a selection of blue and orange cushions, cover a deep blue throw over your bed, add orange stools and art work. You could also neutralise your colours by adding a touch of grey.
Modest Pale blue and yellow
If you’re looking for a colour scheme that’s more subtle, then try using a very pale blue with a corn colour yellow for buoyancy and youth. These palettes are not exact opposites from one another on the colour chart but they are vastly different in colour range. Blue works well with yellow because it calms yellow down, creating a soft and soothing affect. For a tranquil look, your yellows ideally should be matched with equally light colours. Aside from the blues, you can add greys, whites and tans for warm radiance.
Red and green
We often associate green and red with Christmas, but the combination of these loud colours can really work well throughout the rest of the year. When working with both of these colours, it’s important to decide whether you are going to use each colour as primary colour, secondary colour or just as accent. Ideally, you don’t want to use green and red both as primary colours, this can overwhelm a room. Using one of those colours as an accent will break up your room nicely. An accent is used in small quantities to lift or to add punch to a colour scheme, so it’s best to use brighter colours as accent colours. For example, you could have white cushions with a red accent pattern, then you could match those with red accent light shades. The focal point could be a green wall at the back of your bedroom. Then to lighten up the rest of your room, you could add touches of white.
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