This is How To Use an Analogous Color Scheme to Create Harmony in Your Home
One of the simplest ways to create a harmonious vibe in your decor is the use of an analogous color scheme.
An analogous color scheme involves three colors that are side by side on the color wheel. Neutrals can be added in as needed. In an analogous scheme, two of the shades you pick should be a primary color (red, blue, or yellow) and the third should be a mix of the two. Here are some common analogous schemes.
In the above example of an analogous color scheme, I paired my piece, "Reverie in the Garden," with a medium-shade periwinkle wall, since the print has blue, purple, and fuchsia tones. The purplish tone of the periwinkle blue wall provides a good contrast against the bright sky blue that is the background for this print. I chose gray as the neutral color and paired this painting with gold accents.
To use an analogous color design strategy to create looks that go good with your art, follow the steps below:
1. Pick a dominant color: Choose a primary or secondary color (those made from mixing two primary colors, e.g. red yellow, blue, or orange, purple, green).
2. Select a companion color: Choose a secondary color, e.g. green, orange, purple or tertiary color (a combination of a primary and secondary color, e.g. blue-green, red-orange, magenta, blue-violet, yellow green).
3. Use the 60-30-10 rule in design: 60% of your decor should be the base/dominant color, 30% will be your accent/companion color, and 10 % will be your pop of color.
4. Apply the 60-30-10 formula: use your dominant color for 60% of your decor-large items, eg furniture, walls, area rugs. Use the companion /accent color for 30% of your decor-eg accent chairs, curtains, bedding, small rugs. Use your pop of color for 10% of your decor throw pillow, art, accessories.
In this example I played in the analogous color combination, red, blue, and purple. The dominant color I selected is blue-violet, the companion color is red violet, and the pop of color is blue-green and light shades of red orange.
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