Primary colors (red, blue and yellow) are the basis of the color wheel. The secondary colors (green, orange and purple) are the colors formed by mixing the primary colors. Tertiary colors (yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, etc.) are different colors formed by mixing a secondary color with a primary color.
Complementary colors appear opposite to each other on the color wheel. Although they are the most contrasting colors, they go well together. The colors that appear next to each color on the wheel (analogous colors) are also considered harmonious. Finally, the colors that appear together in nature are generally well together no matter where they appear on the color wheel.
Useful tips on colors
- First, choose a base color that you like and make sure it is consistent with the use of the room. Use this base color for the walls, carpets, and curtains, perhaps in varying intensities.
- Choose a consistent secondary color for furniture and accessories. For a unified style, choose a complementary color or design the color coordinated in part (eg, the different shades of the same color). You can also choose two secondary colors, but in this case, the colors should be located next to each other in the color spectrum.
- Be careful when combining two colors of different intensities. For example, placing strong colors next to pastel tones forces the eye to travel back and forth between brightness and darkness. This can create a disturbing visual effect and affect the atmosphere of the room.
- Match neutral colors like white or taupe with some cool accents in the form of cushions, pictures, and accessories and thrown in colors like red, green, blue and even pink.
- If you are unsure about the color to choose and want to avoid a room is too boring and too colorful or sober, get advice from your local paint store or interior designer.
Inject color with DIY projects
Do you want to make seasonal changes to brighten up your room? Here are three easy crafts projects:
- Cover a lampshade. Trace and cut out the shape of your lampshade in wallpaper. Glue the ends with glue painted paper into a bag. Summer calls a fresh lime green contrast with neutral furnishings. Winter? Replace it with a brown or a rich red.
- Build a wall hanging fabric. Sew a hem at the top and bottom of a piece of original fabric and insert a wooden stick at each end.
- Paint the back wall of your library in an accented color that will coordinate with your room.