Color 101: A Step By Step Color Consideration For Your Next Remodeling Project (Part II)

July 26, 2013

First, select which color will dominate and set the tone of the space. Will you choose warm, dominating colors or cool, subordinate colors?

Next, select accent colors and check the overall relationships of the dominant color and accent colors. You’ll want to adjust the color combinations until they appear harmonious.

Tips for selecting color combinations:

1. It’s good to choose a dominant color that interacts well with the colors around it, and not based on how it looks independently.
2. Use the strongest color in the smallest amount. For example, if you choose a bright blue paint color, it may be best to only paint one small “accent” wall rather than the entire room.
3. Check the relationships between the colors in their correct light and orientation. Keep in mind questions like how much natural light is in the room and whether you’re painting a ceiling, wall or floor, as these factors can make a big difference in your color selections.

Types of Color Combinations to Consider:

Monotone: Monotonal spaces have one color with very little variation, so it’s not likely that there are darker and lighter deviations in the overall color scheme. This monotonal kitchen (below) rarely deviates from its neutral beige and white hues.

Contemporary Kitchen by Boulder Design-Build Firms Coburn Development

Monochromatic: Similar to monotone color schemes in that is uses just one color, the monochromatic color scheme varies in its hues and saturations. This living space (below) uses varying shades of blue and other vibrant jewel tones.

Eclectic Living Room by Sydney Architects & Designers Scott Weston Architecture Design PL

Analogous: Analogous colors lie next to each other on the color wheel (for example, green and yellow or blue and purple). This bedroom (below) is calming and sophisticated with its yellow and green theme.

Modern Bedroom by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Amy Lau Design

Complementary: Complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel (for example, orange and blue, green and red or yellow and purple). This room (below) is light and airy and has a light blue wall color that is complemented by small orange accessories.

Eclectic Living Room by San Francisco Architects & Designers Mark English Architects, AIA

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