Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Color scheme fundamentals

An achromatic color scheme uses only neutral colors, such as black, white and grays.

Color is one of the easiest and least costly ways to jazz up your room. Whether you love a fun, vibrant mix of different exciting hues, or you feel more at ease with soothing pale tones and neutral colors, you can discover the color scheme best-suited to your taste and personality through this basic guide to color schemes. 

Achromatic Scheme

An achromatic color scheme uses only neutral colors, such as black, white and grays. This might seem unimpressive, but you'll be surprised to find the many different moods this scheme can create in a room. By using high contrast, especially with just black and white, the effect is stark and dramatic. On the contrary, by using varying gray tones, you can also create a soothing ambiance in your room. 

Monochromatic schemes play with different tones of the same color and layer the light and dark tones alternately across the room, to create contrast and interest.

Monochromatic Scheme  

Using just one color, the monochromatic scheme creates a very cohesive, well put together look. Play with different tones of the same color and layer the light and dark tones alternately across the room, to create contrast and interest. 

Analogous Scheme

The analogous color scheme employs two or three colors that sit side by side on the color wheel. Examples are blue, blue-green and green; and yellow, yellow-orange and orange. This option offers variety without becoming too loud and bright. 

Complementary Scheme  

The most eye-catching of the different color schemes, the complementary scheme uses two colors that lie directly across each other on the color scheme. Examples are blue and orange; and green and red. Because of its vibrance, this scheme is often used in commercial and retail design. 

Triadic Scheme

Not for the faint of heart, the triadic color scheme uses three colors that are equidistant to each other on the color wheel. Sample color schemes are red, yellow and blue; and orange, green and violet. This scheme is best used for bigger spaces, so you have room to spread out the colors. - Aislinn Kee 


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