With the help of a simple, handy-dandy tool called the Colour Wheel, you can create the perfect colour combinations, or schemes, for your home. If you can dream it, you can scheme it. We’ve listed the most basic colour schemes below.
If you hold uniformity and tranquility close to your heart, check out this scheme. The ‘Single colour’ or ‘Monochromatic’ colour scheme is uncomplicated—the most basic in decorating, in fact. It uses shades of just one colour, and possibly black or white. Areas best fit for this scheme include bedrooms, bathrooms, small spaces and hallways.
Choose two colours opposite each other on the colour wheel to create a ‘Contrasting’ or ‘Complementary’ scheme. This scheme delivers an exciting interplay of colour. Depending on the strength of the colours you select, the look can range from playful to bold. Use this scheme in areas that embrace action, such as entryways, children’s rooms and kitchens.
Picking out a ‘Harmonious’ or ‘Analogous’ scheme is as easy as 1-2-3. Simply choose three neighbouring colours on the colour wheel, and there you have it. Use this scheme to create a flow of colour from one space to another, such as between living and dining rooms, family rooms, study areas and bedrooms.
A ‘Dynamic’ or ‘Triadic’ scheme is created by selecting a combination of three colours that form a triangle on the colour wheel. This grouping combines colours that are significantly different from one another, creating one of the most dynamic colour schemes. Choosing brighter tones will invigorate a space, while softer colours will result in a subdued palette. Use this scheme in places where you want to create an active atmosphere, such as the family room, playroom or kitchen.