Sometimes we stumble upon a colour scheme that just works – two colours that either complement, clash to create impact, or work in perfect harmony with one another.
Our colour specialist Mike Stephen explains the reason why certain colour combinations will work better than others and it’s all very scientific.
“Trained artists and interior designers learn the many multi-faceted strands of colour theory, so they understand how to place colours together to create mood or impact,” says Mike. “When decorating a room it helps to know the basics as a basis for creating harmonious, toning or complementary colour schemes in the home.”
The Colour Wheel
The colour wheel is a visual representation of how the three primary colours are mixed with one another to create secondary and tertiary colours, along with how white will create varying tones of the same colour.
Depending on where they appear in the wheel, colours can then be described as Tonal, Complementary or Harmonious
“Complementary colours which sit opposite one another on the colour wheel and are often seen in nature (meaning they naturally go together) – think the red and green of an apple or blue and yellow of an iris.”
“Our pick for 2016 would be Coral and Blue. This vibrant duo works together so beautifully because they are complementary colours and can form a natural pairing – think of the coral reefs set against the deep turquoise of the ocean.”
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“This scheme works beautifully with pastel shades, keep the colours coordinated by selecting shades of the same intensity from the colour wheel.”
Other ways to use the colour wheel:
Tonal Schemes – “Using one colour from the wheel in varying tones throughout a room. My tip here would be to introduce pattern into the room on window blinds or soft furnishings to add depth and interest.”
Harmonious Colours – “These colours sit next to each other on the colour wheel. Choose colours of similar intensity from the colour wheel to balance this look and ensure that one colour does not dominate the room. “