Say hello to my little friend...the color wheel!
The color wheel is an important tool, perhaps even the most important tool, for decorating your home. Even if you plan to paint your walls a neutral color, you’ll still benefit from using a color wheel to help you choose the right colors for your accessories. If you choose to forgo using the color wheel, you may find yourself in a mismatched home with no sense of direction. Let us show you several different ways to use the color wheel to decorate your home.
First, the color wheel can be divided between warm and cool colors. Typically, warm colors will make a room feel happy, energetic, and vibrant. Cool colors will make a room feel more peaceful and relaxing. So before choosing a color for a room, ask yourself how you want your room to feel.
Next, use the color wheel to help you mix colors to create your perfect color palette. There are 4 main color schemes that the color wheel can help you create. Let’s take a look at them:
Monochromatic - this technique is all about using several shades or tints of a single hue. Another popular term for this technique is ombre. For example, decorating in varying intensities of purple. This is a very safe way to decorate with color. You can use monochromatic with neutral colors too. Think dark gray to white throughout a room.
Analogous - the analogous color scheme is when you use colors that are found side by side on the wheel. To play it safe, try to use 2-4 colors only. With this color scheme, you can stick to all warm or all cool colors or you can mix a warm in with a cool palette or vice versa.
Complementary - the complementary color scheme is very dynamic, yet still simple to use. To use, simply choose two opposing colors on the color wheel. Colors directly across from one another on the color wheel will always compliment each other.
Triad/Contrast - If you want to be adventurous, this is the color scheme for you! To use the triad or contrast color scheme, choose three colors evenly spaced on the color wheel. The colors should form a triangle on the color wheel.
Did you use the color wheel to help decorate your home? Which color scheme is your favorite?