One of the most frequent complaints from homeowners is struggling to choose colors for their home. When you walk into the paint store, the color selection can seem overwhelming. Choosing a rug or furniture can be equally daunting. Today I’ll give you some tips and tricks for creating color harmony in home decorating. You’ll learn a little knowledge about color theory, compliments and harmonies that make choosing colors much easier. Plus, you can use the same theories in almost any visual field. From graphic design and web design to choosing your outfit for a big event. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to put together pleasing color palettes with ease.
Today’s post is part of Home Stories A to Z’s: How to Decorate Series. If you are just arriving to the series, be sure to go to Beth’s introduction to follow all the other posts in the series. If you’ve been following along, welcome from At The Picket Fence! Vanessa & Heather put together a great post about Blue Home Decor Ideas!
I’m sure you’ve stumbled across art, paintings or photos that use visually stunning color palettes. Chances are that the artist or designer put thought into each color and how they work together. Let me introduce you to color relationships and harmonies!
You’ve heard the term complimentary colors, but do you know what defines a compliment? Here are the definitions of the various color relationships or harmonies and some great sample palettes you can use in your home!
One of my favorite color combinations are the gorgeous pinks in a bouquet of peonies paired with an aquamarine ball jar. Something about this palette stops me in my tracks every time! The reason this pair grabs my attention is that those two colors are complimentary.
Red/orange and blue/green are directly across from each other on the color wheel which makes them complimentary or a perfect pair. (Kind of like wine and chocolate…right?!)
Here is another example of a complimentary color palette. Blue and orange are stunning together. All the blues are balanced by a few pieces of fiery orange that demand attention in Sarah Richardson’s nursery below.
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