Tips

Developing a Colour Scheme
Tips

Trust your emotions when pulling together colour schemes for your rooms. Create the mood your heart desires by following this quick decorators' guide to combining colours.

  • PRIMARY COLOURS
  • SECONDARY COLOURS
  • TERTIARY COLOURS
  • COMPLIMENTARY COLOURS


Primary Colour Scheme
The basic foundation of all other visible colour, primary colours make a bold statement and combine nicely for kid's rooms and family rooms.

Complimentary Colour Scheme

Colours that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel create contrast and interest.

Split Complimentary Scheme

This variation of the complimentary scheme consists of one colour and the two colours on each side of its compliment e.g. green combines with red-violet and red-orange.

The Colour Wheel illustrates the make-up of colours and their relationship to each other.Double Complimentary Scheme
This colour scheme uses two adjacent colours and their compliments. This choice offers a wider range of decorating options and lots of interest.

The Colour Wheel illustrates the make-up
of colours and their relationship to each other.

Analogous Colour Scheme
Two or three colours that are near each other on the colour wheel. Used by decorators to achieve colour themes such as blue seas or green gardens.

Triadic Colour Scheme
Any three colours that are equidistant from each other on the colour wheel. Decorators tone down at least two of the colours, leaving one to be used in full intensity. Primary and secondary colours are examples of triadic colour schemes.

 
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