How to Pick Color Schemes Using a Color Wheel

When it comes to decorating your home, choosing curtains, decor, furniture, paint, and more for a room can be challenging when trying to imagine which color combinations will look best together. While it’s easy to stick with basic shades for your walls and furniture – such as gray, white, cream, and brown, for instance – sometimes you want to add a splash of color here and there. Learning how to utilize a color wheel can help you choose colors that will not only look great together, but express the mood you want for your home.

What is a Color Wheel?

The classic color wheel is a chart that displays primary colors (red, blue, and yellow), secondary colors (orange, green, and violet), and tertiary colors (yellow green, blue green, blue violet, red violet, red orange, and yellow orange) arranged in a circle by relationship to one another. Modern color wheels include these colors, along with every color in between, giving you a full scope of colors at your design disposal. Using this chart, you can determine what colors are harmonious, so you can design a room that you can enjoy for years to come.

Color Harmonies

There are several color wheel harmonies that can provide inspiration and guidance for choosing color schemes for your home. A color wheel harmony uses basic shapes displayed on the color wheel to pick a color scheme that is harmonious to the eye.

Complementary: This harmony uses a straight line up and down to choose two opposing colors that work together.

Split Complements: Similar to a complementary harmony, this harmony uses one base color and the two colors on either side of its opposing color as the scheme, making an isosceles triangle (two long sides and one short side).

Monochromatic: This harmony uses three different values, or shades, of the same color (ie, red, red violet, red orange).

Analogous: This harmony uses three colors that are side-by-side on the wheel.

Triadic: Using an equilateral triangle shape on the color wheel, this harmony picks three colors on opposing ends of the wheel.

Using these color wheel harmonies, you can easily design a color scheme around a piece of furniture or decor that you particularly love. Now that we live in the digital age, finding your complementing color harmonies is just a few clicks away – there are countless websites that generate harmonious schemes based on a color of your choosing.

Using Color Harmonies to Pick a Scheme

When choosing a color scheme for a room of your house, it can be helpful to start with one color that you love, and go from there. A color wheel can help guide you in the right direction for the rest of the room.  Below are a few examples.

Starting Color: Forest Green

Using an analogous color harmony, this room uses shades of green and a pop of yellow to make a harmonious scheme.

Starting Color: Light Blue

Using a monochromatic color harmony, this kitchen uses several shades of blue to work together in a harmonious scheme.

Starting Color: Navy Blue

These rooms use a navy blue and its complement, yellow orange, as accent colors to liven up the space.

Keep in mind that bright color schemes are usually better as accents to a more neutral pallette of creams, browns and whites. Knowing which colors go together in pleasing ways will help you design your house like a pro, but don’t let your excellent design go to waste with a bad painting job – contact professional painting contractors, like Teaberry Painting, for your interior and exterior painting needs.