An empty room is a blank canvas for any decorator to fill with color, pattern, and texture. While decorators have a handle on color schemes that work, choosing color schemes can be a scary proposition for others. Fear not, there are a few easy guidelines to follow that will have anyone picking colors like a pro. There are five basic color schemes and a myriad of options from which to draw upon for inspiration and we will review each of them.
The monochromatic color scheme is perhaps the easiest to understand. It is the use of anyone tint, hue or shade of a single color. This scheme can be either very relaxing or very dramatic depending on the color chosen and the various shades or tints incorporated. For a bit of drama consider the use of a warm hue such as red or orange. For a cooler feel try blues or greens. Grays, whites, and creams are fabulous options for neutral schemes.
The analogous scheme uses consecutive colors on the color wheel. Mixing colors that are adjacent to each other creates a colorful yet harmonious look. Using more than five colors would be a bit jumbled and cause visual confusion in a space. A safe bet is to pick three to four that you like together and decide which will be a key color and which will be accepted.If yellow and green are favored colors you could build a scheme that involves yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green and green into space.
A complementary scheme is created by using colors, shades, tints or tones of two colors found opposite each other on the color wheel. This scheme is easy to use and leaves a room feeling harmonious and soothing. Pick the two colors you like and build your scheme from there. Expand the palette by incorporating a lighter tint or a darker shade of the two colors. This will add some depth and character to the room. Add white to both green and red to achieve the vibrant and cheerful look of the pink and green room, or add white to the yellow and blue to achieve a soothing formal look for a living room.