In the world of designers there are rules, which I came to realise are made to be broken. What is she talking about you might wonder? Well like in every artistic field, one starts by learning rules just so one can eventually free oneself from them and then comes inspiration!
I mean growing up. I was given some Do's and Don't, told that you can't wear brown with navy blue or that pink and red didn't belong side by side. Now I know it isn't true as I have seen those colour combinations work wonders! So I guess, what I am trying to say is that to make your house your home, your choices need to resonate with You, echo what moves You. It depends on the visual effect you are looking to achieve. Do you want a quiet feel in which your brain can relax (usually a good idea for a bedroom)? Then you might want to use an analogous colour scheme. Do you feel daring and want your furniture to pop? Then the complementary colour rules are here to help. So in this blog I will try to guide you in the world of colour association and give you three example on how to use colours but please be free to adapt them.
The rules of the colour wheel:
A colour wheel is an illustration of the organisation of colour around a circle, which shows the relationships between primary colours (red, green, blue), secondary colours (green, orange and purple, are created by mixing two primary colours), tertiary colours (created by mixing primary and secondary colours).
The Analogous colours: For a serene and harmonious look that is relaxing on the eyes as they are often found in nature (the autumnal shades of green, yellow and orange for example), it is good to use Analogous colours. Analogous colours are the colours that are next to each other on the wheel. Choose one colour to dominate the overall room, and a second to support it. The third should be used in touches. This picture found on Pinterest is the perfect example of successful use of analogous colours: the dark bleu is supported by the lighter shades of blue and complemented by the touches of green/yellow. The overall effect is really calming and will suit the purpose of an office space in which our mind requires calm and focus.
The Complementary and the Split-complementary colours: The main common rule is that the colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel are considered to be complementary (red and green for example). The high contrast of Complementary colours creates a vibrant look. This colour scheme must be managed well so it is not jarring. Complementary colour schemes work well when you want something to stand out. So if you are looking to achieve a vibrant and uplifting effect, this is the way to go.
For a strong contrast still but with less visual tension than the above, use the Split-complementary colour scheme: in addition to the base colour, use the two adjacent colours to its complementary like violet with touches of green and orange/red. Use one base colour supported by two complementary colours found on the other side of the colour wheel. I chose this two examples bellow on Pinterest (Green/yellow and touches of pink and purple supported by green and orange/red) so you can see that, depending on the tones of colours you get different effects. One is calming and relaxing whilst the other is vibrant. The choice is yours.
Crazy mixes that work:
So after giving you a window into the rules of colour association, I wanted to show you that breaking the rules is also an option. It is all about feel and emotions and what makes you happy. I hope that this will inspire you. Have fun and please do share.