How to Plan Your Color Scheme
The Color Wheel
When you're thinking about choosing interior paint colors, it's always a good idea to review a few basic color terms. Finding inspiration from the color wheel can help you imagine your home's color schemes more easily.
The Effects of Color
Different color schemes affect our moods in different ways. Knowing more about what each color represents will help you choose the best paint option for every space.
Warm and Cozy Colors
Warm and cozy colors, located on the right side of the color wheel, convey a message of togetherness and strength:
Cool and Soothing Colors
Cool and soothing colors, located on the left side of the color wheel, provide a sense of calm and feelings of trust:
Pastel colors are created by adding large amounts of white to a saturated hue. They create a comfortable, airy feeling in any room.
Neutral colors include shades of white, beige, taupe, gray and black. Neutral colors are the easiest colors to use because they blend with most surroundings. These colors can also be stylish and dramatic. For instance, black and white are neutral colors that create a wonderful palette for additional colors. If you choose to paint your home with neutral colors, use bold-colored accessories to accent the walls and add visual interest.
Choosing a Color Scheme
A color scheme is any set of colors that work together to create a visually appealing layout. Below are some suggestions, but you can let your imagination run wild.
Complementary colors are located opposite one another on the color wheel. Each color brings out the richness in the other. When using complementary colors, one color should be subtle and the other color should be more dominant. For example, pair an intense violet bedroom wall with a light yellow indoor planter.
Split Complementary Colors
Split complementary colors offer a daring color palette. Select a main color. Next, find its complementary color, and then select colors from each side of the complementary color.
Related colors are located next to one another on the color wheel. These colors produce a less contrasted effect than complementary colors. For example, a dark blue-green combined with a light blue can give the feeling of floating in a blue ocean.
Monochromatic colors share a hue but have different tones, values and saturation. Picture a paint swatch card: It has different values of one color. Using two or more monochromatic colors, like a black wall paired with white home accents, creates a stylish and modern look.
Article adapted from Lowes.com
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