Choosing A Color Scheme

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Choosing A Color Scheme

Wish to create a show stopping effect with your boudoir decor or drawing room hue? Then you need to master the art of choosing the perfect color palette for your home. Unless you have an artist or designer at your disposal, learning how to manipulate the hues to bring out the best in your home decor would help. All said and done, finding the perfect color palette for your home is no child’s play. Playing with colors is a skill that doesn’t come naturally to all. A good color scheme can transform your humdrum haven from simple to sensational and make your rooms appear more warm and inviting. The key to a gorgeous looking home is to strike the perfect balance when choosing the colors. The best thing about opting for a color scheme is that it gives you ample opportunities to experiment with colors and styles and fashion your walls according to your own whims and fancies. Explore this write-up to educate yourself more on this.

How To Choose A Color Scheme

Using The Color Wheel
When revamping your home, zeroing down on the right color scheme can be really flummoxing. It can be difficult to whittle down on one single favorite or restrict yourself to just one or two colors when you can create a more enticing scheme by mixing and matching several hues together.  In that case, a color wheel chart can come really handy. A favorite color tool of interior designers, color wheel will help you identify the co-ordination that exists between various colors and make your pick accordingly. Exploring the color wheel will help you to determine whether you should go for a tonal, harmonious, or complementary scheme. Here is more on color schemes.

Tonal Color Scheme
Need a pleasing color palette for your home décor that doesn’t make your room look too bland or busy? Try using the tonal or monochromatic color scheme. Technically, this color scheme uses a single color in varying tones to create the desired effect. Tonal color scheme breaks the humdrum of the regular, similar colored walls and saves your room from looking anything but ordinary. The advantage of this color scheme is that you get to create varied patterns and texture by playing with a single color in various tones.

Uses And Features

    • On the color wheel, look out for the segment that shows just a single color. The pale tones are the ones that lie on the external side of the chart that gradually changes into middle and deeper tones as one move inwards, into the chart.
    • Now, choose any three tones or tints of the same shade to be used in a room.
    • Ensure you use a deep shade on the floor and lighter one on the ceiling to create an illusion of space. Using it the other way would make the room appear smaller.
    • Using one shade on walls and the rest on accessories, windows and furniture would make the color scheme look good.
    • Tonal color schemes go very well with soft and soothing tones such as creams and browns.

Harmonious Color Scheme
Want to turn your home into a soothing retreat? Then go for a color scheme that blends in harmoniously. In harmonious color scheme, colors sit adjacent or closer to each other. Let us take the example of plum, which lies near burgundy, which is adjacent to magenta. Using harmonious colors gives you a balanced and unified color scheme, which is soothing to the eyes.

Uses And Features

    • If you choose same density colors, it creates a balanced look and avoids the risk of one color overpowering the other.
    • Harmonious scheme looks gorgeous if the colors you choose are from the same primary color.
    • Opting for a deep and an intense shade makes the color scheme look bolder.
    • If one of the harmonious colors you choose also happens to be a primary color, the effect will be more striking. For example, red-hot pink and orange-red.

Complementary Color Scheme
Wish to liven up your dull interiors? Then paint you walls in complementary hues. The colors that lie contrary to each other in the color wheels are labeled as complementary colors. This ‘made for each other’ color shade is bolder and looks more dramatic as compared to harmonious scheme. Choosing this color scheme can transform your decoration from mundane to mesmerizing, as one specific color lies dominant here while the other is used very sparingly to create an impressionable appeal. For example, zesty orange pairs excellently with blue, and soft lilac complements apple green perfectly.

Uses And Features

    • After you pick the first color, choose the one that lies directly opposite to it. It is your second color.
    • Prioritize on the color that you want to use more. Using both the hues in equal amounts will yield disastrous results.
    • If you are hesitant about using complementary colors, try it in the form of an accessory along with the original paint color.
    • Neutralizing the color scheme can be done by using colors such as white or cream.

Despite the beauty the other color schemes provide, neutrals such as black, grey, white, brown and beige continues to be popular among house owners and interior designers. Considered as one of the easiest group of colors to work on, they have an excellent co-ordination with each other and can be easily mixed. However, they do not appear on the color wheel. So, it’s better left to your imagination how to use these hues to strike a harmony or create a contrast.

Color schemes add personality to a room. You can’t go wrong when you stick to classic color combos like tonal, harmonious or complementary. Pick your favorite scheme and jazz up the walls of your room, just like a pro.