By: Pat Durant

Decorating With Colours

Tags: The Colour Wheel


The Colour Wheel
Everyone knows that a very inexpensive and fast update to your home is by using paint.  You can add an even greater bit of panache by using complementary colours in your decorating schemes.

When complementary colours are used in interior decorating, the end result is nothing less than dazzling. Here's how to go about it…

Before deciding which colour goes where, it's essential to understand what constitutes a complementary colour. Technically speaking, it's the colour that sits directly opposite a primary colour on the colour wheel. For example, the complementary colour of blue is orange and the complementary colour of red is green. In practice, however, this precise combination isn't always the best choice. Let's say that you have your heart set on yellow for the kitchen and want to take it up a notch with a complementary purple. Before breaking out the brushes, consider that these two particular colours are frequently associated with Easter. So, to ensure a fresh, dynamic look, and not one reminiscent of bunnies and baskets, opt for a related shade, such as lavender or violet.

Take a look at the colour wheel in the next column to see and understand that there are many shades within each primary colour, so that you can create your own unique sense of style.  Then, see the room illustration and notice where on the colour wheel these colours have been taken from.  The Yellow and lavender/blue walls are complementary, while the rose coloured pillow and blue throw are actually called tertiary colours, found next to each other on the colour wheel.

Enliven your home, and have fun doing it!