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Monday, December 15, 2008

Decorating 101

Welcome back for my second installment of Decorating 101. Last week, I talked about color and the impact it can have on a room, especially when painted on the walls. The first color scheme example I showed you was a monochromatic color scheme: the use of one color in variations of tints & shades to provide a simple yet stunning impact on a room.

Before I move on to the next color scheme, I'd like to just briefly go over hue, shade and tint. First, "hue" is just another name for color - pure color. A pure color is any color that has not been affected by the addition of white or black. Red, blue, yellow, green, violet and orange are pure colors.

A shade is created when black is added to a pure color. A tint is created when white is added. For instance, navy blue is a shade of blue while pink is a tint of red.

Now, I'd like to show you my favorite color scheme. It's my favorite because it's just so easy. There is really no messing this one up.

Complementary Color Scheme a.k.a Direct Complements.

Complementary colors are two colors that sit directly across from each other on the color wheel. The color wheel above is a great illustration. Blue sits directly across from orange. Red from green and violet from yellow. Though you are not limited to pure colors only. Again, any two colors that sit directly across from one another.

If you choose to decorate with direct complements and stay true to that color scheme, just remember not to add any additional colors into the room. White and black are not considered colors so, therefore, they don't count. You are also safe to add in neutrals.

See the two examples below:

Sticking to a definite color scheme helps considerably when shopping for decorative accessories for the room. You are limited, in a good way, to what you can purchase at the home decor stores and, therefore, eliminate many poor choices that probably wouldn't work in the room you're working on.

Again, because I'm not a professional and do not hold a degree in interior design, I'd love to hear from anyone with additional tips and advice on how to use color effectively in decorating. Also, if you have a post on your blog involving any decorating and would like to share it with the rest of us, please leave a link in the comments section.

Thank you and happy decorating!

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