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There are a multitude of color possibilities to use when decorating. In this section, we touch briefly on the three major types of color schemes.

 

Monochromatic color scheme is the use of a single color in varying values.  This can be a clean look that is soothing to the eye.
Complementary color scheme is the use of high contrast colors.  Complementary colors are colors that are directly opposite from one another on the color wheel such as blue and orange or purple and yellow. Using complementary colors is a great way to make color pop.
Analogous color scheme is the use of colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.  One color is often used as the dominate color while others are used to enrich the scheme such as orange accompanied by yellow and red.  

Triple Color Scheme uses three colors equally spaced from each other around a color wheel allowing for a harmonious color scheme. 

Color Terms 101


Primary colors: Red, Blue, Yellow

Secondary Colors: Orange, Green, Purple

Hue: Another name for color

Tint: Color + White

Tone: Color + Grey

Shade: Color + Black

Value: The lightness or darkness of a color