How to Use Color Schemes in Your Home

Single color scheme.
Single color scheme.
Related Color Scheme.
Related Color Scheme.
Example of single color scheme.
Example of single color scheme.
Example of complementary color scheme.
Example of complementary color scheme.

A new color scheme in your home can dramatically change the look and feel or your decor. How you use color in your home not only affects your mood, but the mood of your guests as well. Most rooms are designed around three fundamental color schemes. Color schemes can be single-color schemes, related color schemes, or complementary color schemes. Even without changing furniture or carpet, a fresh injection of color in a room can transform the most boring room, into a showplace.Since color preference is a personal choice, always choose colors that you like, but take into consideration how the colors affect the appearance of the room as well as the people in the room.

A single-color scheme is monochromatic in a nature. This means that the same color is used throughout but in varying depths and shades. Single-color schemes are easy to coordinate,and provide a restful feeling to a room. This type of color scheme is often used in bedrooms to provide a serene backdrop. To fully use a single-color scheme, choose varying color values, that is, include both light and dark values. Neutral tones such as beige, white or black help to balance a single-color scheme room. Generally, the lighter tones in a single-color scheme room tend to stand out more, or project into the room. Because of this, you will want to highlight the best features of the room with a lighter color, and use darker colors to downplay a room feature that you don't like as much. To tie adjoining rooms together, choose a single color scheme that uses a variety of patterns and textures for continuity.

A related color scheme uses two or three shades that are very close together on the color wheel. For example, blue, purple and violet are close together on the color wheel, and work well together. They create a harmonious feel to a room. Likewise, you may want to choose a combination such as different yellows and greens that are close on the color wheel. Keep in mind that related light colors will have a relaxing effect, while related dark colors will project a more elegant and formal look. A related-color scheme provides a unified, quiet feeling. Balance a related-color scheme with neutrals such as white, cream or gray on dominant features to give a clean look.

For the ultimate in visual excitement, choose a complementary color scheme. These colors are those that are literally opposite each other on the color wheel. These color schemes can range from cheerful and vibrant to arresting and dramatic. Peach and pale blue is a classic complementary color combination, along with pink and green. One of the easiest ways to use complementary colors in a room, is simply to choose a group of warm colors and then choose a group of cool colors as a contrast. They may be equally balanced, or one color can dominate the scheme for a more dramatic effect. Again, balance is key, and you will want to accent or balance the room with lighter or darker toned neutrals such as black, brown or gray.

An easy way to experiment with color is to go to your local home improvement center and bring home a selection of paint color card samples. Tape them on your wall in natural sunlight to see their true color. This should help you choose the best color scheme for your room.



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thehemu 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

great hub. i like that pink or green color scheme.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

I love the pink and green stripes! I am thinking of refreshing my living room and this inspires me to add a new pop of color to it. Thanks! I voted up, useful and beautiful.

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