Choosing a Color Scheme

When it comes to home furnishing trends, nothing is hotter than color.  From painted wood finishes to fabric selections for sofas, color plays a huge role in setting the tone.  Whether your’re looking to infuse new life into a neutral space or you’re ready to make a bold statement and embrace color in a big way, you need to begin by chosing a color scheme.  You could try a Complementary color scheme, which is colors across from each other on the color wheel such as blue and yellow or red and green.  Rooms decorated with a complementary color scheme tend to provide a clear separation of colors and are often more formal and visually challenging.  A color scheme that is more restful and more casual would be an Analogous color scheme which is colors next to each other on the color wheel; yellow and green, red and orange or blue and violet.  And then there is the Monochromatic color scheme which is using variations in lightness and saturation of a single color.  This scheme looks clean and elegant and produces a smoothing effect. A primary color can be intergrated within the monochromatic color scheme for a pop of color in the sea of one single color.  For example the picture shown in this blog.  This scheme easily transitions from classic casual to glamorous.

Of course it all gets down to what mood you are wanting to create.  We all have emotional responses to color.  Some colors can be restful and others energizing.  Use these emotional associations to their greatest effect in a space by deciding what impact you want the room to have; lively for entertaining so go with reds and yellows or calm and tranquil for relaxing go with blues, greens or lavender hues.

And lastly, follow the 60-30-10 rule.  It’s a tried a true formula; 60 percent of the room should be a dominant color, 30 percent of the room should be a secondary color and 10 percent should be the accent color.  This formula works because it creates a sense of balance and allows the eye to move comfortably from one focal point to the next.  The easiest way to follow this rule is to focus the 60 percent portion on your wall color, 30 percent for your upholstery and/or wood painted pieces and 10 percent on the accents like throw pillows, floral arrangements and art.

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