Did you know that there are several color schemes types that have names?

Using a named color scheme in your home will help you obtain a cohesively decorated space. 

When selecting a color scheme for a room in your home, consider the following:

 

Color Scheme Options to Use When Decorating Your Homephoto courtesy of unleasingmephotography flickr.com/photos/unleashingmephotography/2316833560/Achromatic
An achromatic color scheme uses only neutral colors.

You can decorate your home with neutral colors, such as white, black, gray, and sometimes beige or brown.

 

Monochromatic
Monochromatic color schemes use one color.

The colors used in a monochromatic scheme may be different values (lightness or darkness of a color) or intensities of the same color and may also include neutral colors.

 

Analogous
Analogous color schemes use 1 primary color and its 2 tertiary colors.

The primary colors are red, blue, or yellow.

A secondary color is what is created when mixing 2 primary colors together.

Secondary colors include green, purple, and orange.

A tertiary color mixes a primary color and a secondary color.

An example of decorating with this color scheme would be using yellow, yellow orange, and yellow green.

 

Triad
Triad color schemes use 3 colors that are equally spaced apart on the color wheel.

You could decorate your home in a triad color scheme by using all of the primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) or all of the secondary colors (purple, orange, and green).

 

Tetrad
Tetrad color schemes use 4 colors that are equally spaced apart on the color wheel.

An example of this would be red, yellow orange, blue purple, and green.

 

Complementary
Complementary color schemes use 2 colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.

Most people are very familiar with decorating for Christmas using the complementary colors of red and green.

Complementary color schemes also include blue with orange and yellow with purple.

 

Double Complementary
Double complementary color schemes use analogous colors (see above) that are opposite each other on the color wheel.

This would include yellow, yellow orange, and yellow green as well as purple, red purple, and blue purple.

 

Split Complementary
Split complementary color schemes use a color and the colors on either side of its complement.

You could use the colors of blue, red orange, and yellow orange when decorating in a split complementary color scheme.

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