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What are Some Basic Color Schemes to Jazz Up Your Home?

There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a room. Learn more about basic color schemes to design and decorate and freshen up your home today!

  1. Monochromatic
    One color scheme can come in two varieties. You can use a single color or tonal varieties of one color. White and beige are commonly used and are quite contemporary. You may want to use darker shades of beige to hide architectural imperfections.

  2. Two complimentary colors
    These are often used. These are opposite each other on the color wheel and create contrast. By using more of one color than another can help prevent creating too much tension in a space.

  3. The analogous color scheme
    It uses three colors that line side by side on the color wheel.

A typical scheme includes using one primary color and two supporting colors secondary or tertiary.

  1. The triad color scheme
    It uses three colors the same distance apart on the color wheel. Examples include red yellow and blue or orange, green and violet.

  2. The tetrad color scheme
    It uses for colors, equal distance apart on the wheel. This type of color scheme can be difficult to pull off so be sure to base your scheme on a fabric swatch, for example.

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