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Monday, January 19, 2009

Decorating 101

Welcome back to another installment of Decorating 101. In the last few installments I've gone over the impact color can have on a room as well as given example of three different types of color schemes: monochromatic, complementary and triadic.

This will be my last installment on color schemes though next week I'll briefly show you how the colors you choose to put on your walls can either make the room look smaller (advancing color) or give the illusion that the room is larger (receding color).

The last two color schemes I want to go over are Alternate Complementary and Analogous. This doesn't mean that there aren't other color schemes out there. I think it's safe to say that color combinations are endless. Simply do a search on the web and you'll be amazed at what you can put together in your own home.

Alternate Complementary Color Scheme

An alternate complementary color scheme is achieved through the use of a triad color scheme plus one complement. In the color wheel above we see the blue, red and yellow as the triad with the addition of yellow's direct complement, purple.

In the picture below we see a variation of this except instead of violet as the complement, green (red's complement) is used. In this example, red is represented by pink (a derivative of red).

Analogous Color Scheme

The analogous color scheme uses colors that sit adjacent to one another on the color wheel.
typical analogous color scheme should not contain more than three or four colors
or you jeopardize harmony. Although analogous color schemes are easy to compose, they may become monotonous. Use a variety of values,
intensities, and arrangements to develop interest.
This room below demonstrates an analogous color scheme using hues from red, orange and yellow. The result is a calm and relaxing environment. Beautiful, isn't it?
As I've said before, 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.

1 comment:

Erika said...

simply fabulous! What a great post (s). Do you mind if I put these on my blog linking them back to you of corse? :0) Hope all is well!