Three Reasons Why the Color Wheel Should be Your Friend
Are you intimidated by the color wheel? Feel like you are making it more complicated than it should be? I've decided that in order to do a better and easier job decorating with fabrics and colors that I need to get friendlier with the color wheel and remind myself why it is such an important decorator's tool.
Can't we be friends? Why the color wheel should be your decorating friend:
1. It just wants all the colors to get along. Want to go for high-contrast color? Use a complementary scheme. Like things soft and neutral? A monochromatic scheme is your friend. The color wheel wants to make you happy. It was born to show you how to make your colors get along. No need to stress about whether that Yellow Green pillow you picked out will work in your bedroom, just ask the Color Wheel.
2. Just like potential friends, you'll be in sync and have a great time with some colors and others will annoy you by their intensity. Use the color wheel to test how varying shades of colors will work together before you put them all in a room. It's like carefully reviewing your seating plan before a dinner party so you don't put hard core, outspoken Republican Uncle Billy next to your introverted Vegan friend, Jenny... someone's not going to have a good time.
The three primary colors can be jarring at full intensity. But lowering the intensity can be more calming. Try navy, which is a darker version of blue or wine which is a darker version of red. If you use the full intensity of red and green, it will look like Christmas year round. As an example, my Dad had painted our little seasonal cottage white with Christmas green trim and it had a bright red metal roof. After I purchased the cottage from him, I darkened the green to the historic color Benjamin Moore Tarrytown Green and it totally changed how the little cottage looks.
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