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.
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.
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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