Complementary colors are two colors that are opposite on the color wheel. This can include primary and secondary colors. Below is a list of colors that complement each other:
- Yellow and Violet
- Yellow-Green and Red-Violet
- Green and Red
- Blue-Green and Red-Orange
- Blue and Orange
- Blue-Violet and Orange-Yellow
Complementary colors consist of one warm color and one cool color. This helps have a strong contrast. Both colors beside each other will appear brighter and more vibrant.
Monochromatic colors are different shades, tones, and tints of one base color. Monochromatic results in a smooth design that is comfortable and not aggressive visually. It is simple to decorate with a monochromatic design. You just need to make sure that the “on” color has contrast. For example, one room might have all the pink tones pictured below in one room. You will create a wash out effect if your eye doesn’t have layers of contrast throughout the room. Also, pattern and texture bring a monochromatic scheme to life. Texture brings uneven surfaces to the design. Light will hit textured surfaces differently, causing the eye to see more depth, especially with 3D textures and patterns. Pattern is an added layer for visual interest and brings life to the room!
Analogous color schemes are another big design favorite. Analogous means there are three colors beside each other on the color wheel. The combination of colors contains a primary or secondary color, a supporting color, then the third color is a mix of the first two colors. We see analogous colors all the time in nature and find them to be very pleasing on the eye. Analogous colors match well together and make for comfortable designs. Usually, you would choose one color to be the dominate color and use a second one to support the dominate color. The third color would end up as an accent color, so go for the surprise kick of color!
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