Monday Moodboard: Inherited Colors

Using Existing Colors

Sometimes when decorating our home, old or new, we are stuck using a sofa, paint, tile, or something in a color that we would haven’t chosen. An inherited sofa that is still in great shape and very comfortable or bathroom tiles not in the perfect color. Can’t afford to reupholstered or retile so we go into this mindset of trying to disguise the color, which makes it stand out even more. Instead of working against the color in question try using it in the room’s color scheme.

Using the color in the overall color scheme will incorporate the sofa (or whatever) into the room and make it all seem harmonious and planned. This will make the offending color much easier to live with until you can afford to change it.

I worked with a client who had some nice leather furniture, but they could not figure out how to work the leather color into the new homes color scheme. There were some bold purple colors in the dining room along with a camel tan that ran throughout the level and they wanted to add some green accents. Quite a range of colors to harmonize and blend together into something that wouldn’t make your eyes burn when looked upon.

Monday Moodboard inherited colors

Since the wall and leather furniture were a rich camel tan color that would be the base. Add a bold grape purple as the main accent to tie in with the purple walls throw a little dash of grass green with some pillows and we have a vibrant colorful room. This a triad color scheme, three colors on the color wheel that are spaced equidistant apart around the wheel. In this case a orange-yellow (camel), green-blue, and red-violet.

Jen PL's Living Room Final

The color scheme is bold but it works because the colors aren’t trying to compete against each other. Have the camel of the walls and furniture ground the colors while adding bright and bold accents give this room an inviting and comfy feel. No eye strain with the final color palette.

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Creating a Monochromatic Color Scheme

The two things you must know to create a monochromatic color scheme

Seems easy, doesn’t it, creating a monochromatic color scheme. You pick a color and use that to paint, decorate, and furnish a room. Yes and no. Mono is Greek for one , so monochromatic does mean one color, but not the exact same hue and value. So that is the first step to creating a fabulous monochromatic room.

Monochromatic Color Scheme

Vary the Base Color

To avoid creating a monotone room vary the base color by using tints, tones, and shades of it throughout the room. Using the same value throughout the room almost creates a void because of the over usage of the exact same color. Nothing has definition or depth, everything melds together in uniformity. Blah, bland, and boring. Paint the walls a tint of the base color, use rugs in the darker shade of the base, and use mid-tones for furnishings. Varying the color creates depth and life in the room so that is livable. To give more definition and contrast, add a neutral like black or white. This will create a lively dynamic in the room. Remember variety is the spice of life.

Pattern and Texture

Pattern and texture along with variations of the base color are the two most important things to know when creating a pleasing monochromatic color scheme. The pattern can come from the rug, pillows, curtains, and furniture you are using in the room. You can use patterns that have a neutral in them and still achieves a monochromatic look. Same with texture, add texture with the fabrics and furnishings that will go into the room, it will keep the color from being monotonous.

Some Other Tips

Monochromatic color schemes can be elegant and rich looking, especially if using neutral colors and adding gold or silver finishes. The metallics add a little sparkle to catch the eye and add interest to the room.

A monochromatic color scheme is also good for unifying a room that has a mix of styles and periods. The varying styles look less throw together and deliberate in a single color of varying values.

A small space will seem larger when using a monochromatic color scheme. There will be less contrast of items in the room so it gives the feel of a more open, larger space.

Creating a monochromatic color scheme will be easy if you remember to vary the base color and add texture and pattern.

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Complementary Color Scheme

Creating a Complementary Color Scheme

Complementary room in turquoise and orange

Creating an analogous color is easy and a great way to add color to your home. Complementary colors scheme are also easy but may be a little daunting for those that shy away from color. Complementary colors are high contrast since they are direct opposites on the color wheel, but in this case, opposites attract and create a fabulous color scheme.

Some common complementary colors are pink, a tint of red, and green; blue and orange; and violet and yellow. Like I mentioned before if you are shy about being too bold with colors, use them as accents in a neutral colored room. Neutrals with pops of color is always a classic use of color, a sparing  use of color makes a larger impact than using color liberally throughout a room.

Adding a complementary color to a single color room, yellow for example, as an accent color with make both colors more vibrant and alive. Using an opposite color from the dominant color  in a room will create focus on the accent color. So, distributing the accent color around the room will draw your eye around the whole room. Or you can make a bold statement by choosing a large single piece of art or sculpture in the complementary color

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Analogous Color Scheme

Creating an Analogous Color Scheme

Analogous room in reds and oranges


Last week I gave you a brief lesson in color theory and how to use a color wheel. Today I am going to expand on how to create an analogous color scheme. As you remember an analogous color scheme is using colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.

To start chose a color, for example yellow, on either side of yellow is green or orange. You can create a color scheme with just green and yellow. Or if you want it a bit more colorful you can add a third color, in this case, some orange accents would add visual contrast and interest.

Not everything in the room has to be, let’s say, all greens and blues. Adding colors that are analogous into an otherwise neutral room creates subtle pops of colorful that is less overwhelming. In fact, adding color to a neutral room is a great way to use color if you are a bit of a colorphobe.

When using an analogous color scheme for your outdoor rooms, choosing flowers and plants in the same colors creates a harmonious look. When outdoors green goes with everything.

Creating an analogous color scheme is an easy way to choose colors for you home. Go ahead be bold, or subtle, and add some color to your home.

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A Brief Lesson On Color Theory

Color Theory and How to Use It to Create a Color Scheme

Color theory is basically, as it relates to home design, the art of mixing and matching colors to create a pleasing color scheme to enhance the look and mood of any room. I’m sure  you all have seen a color wheel. So, how the heck do you read and use that wheel thingy, anyway?

Color Wheel

The basic color wheel has twelve colors on the outer circle. The three primary colors: red, yellow, blue. The three secondary colors: orange, green, purple. And the six tertiary colors: red-orange, orange-yellow, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet. As we move in towards the center of the wheel we have the tint, tone, and shade  of the twelve basic colors. Of course, every color in the spectrum couldn’t be included on the wheel, but you can easily see where any specific color fits on the  wheel.


Some quick terminology definitions. HUE is just another name for color. TINT is adding white to  any given hue. TONE is adding grey to any given hue. SHADE is adding black.

There are several different ways to use the color wheel to create a color scheme.The easiest way to create a color scheme is using analogous colors. Picking complimentary colors is also a simple way to choose a color scheme. At lastly, choosing a monochromatic color scheme.

ANALOGOUS is using colors that are adjacent to one another on the wheel. For example,  blue is the color you definitely want in you room, but what other colors will look good with it? On one side of blue is green. You could also use violet or both green and violet, they will create a harmonious color scheme.Green and blue analogous color scheme

COMPLEMENTARY is using colors that are opposites on the color wheel. For example, blue and and blue complimentary color scheme

MONOCHROMATIC is using just one color. Going with a monochromatic scheme sounds like it should be an easy way to create a color scheme, but if you don’t vary the tint, tone, and shade it becomes flat and boring.Purple monochromatic color scheme

Next week I’ll expand on the analogous color scheme and show a few examples.

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