Decorating With Color

Staying in the same color family doesn’t necessarily mean being “matchy, matchy”. Meshing a thoughtful mix of styles and textures in variations of one color will prevent your furniture from getting lost in the shuffle. Think of the color wheel as your guide to a world of color combinations.

To begin, you must paint your walls a color that is universally accepted. You can even paint an accent wall for an extra punch of color. For example you can paint your walls beige, and paint the accent wall turquoise. Accent pillows, window treatments, and area rugs add interest to any room.

Since you have made turquoise the star, you must create contrast. It’s best to select pieces to offset the turquoise accents. You should stick to a soft, calming color palette, thought brighter tones are not forbidden.

A monochromatic scheme uses tints and shades of one color, staying in the same column on the color wheel.

A complementary scheme proves that opposites attract. It pairs two colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel. These colors add interest and energy to a room. The complement of turquoise is orange-red.

The split complementary gives the room contrast. To find the split complement of turqoise, you look to the let and right of its complement, orange-red.

Analogous colors reside right next to each other on the color wheel,you look to left and right. A turquoise analogous color scheme includes blue and green. These hues always look great together.


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