6 Best Color Schemes for Any Painting Project
When looking for the perfect color scheme to apply to your exterior or interior painting project, look no further than the tried and tested color schemes provided below. We’ve created color wheels for each scheme to allow for easy mixing and matching of different colors and shades. Simply click on the View Color Schemes link associated with each item to learn more about the process, pictures of the scheme in action, plus pros and cons of each one. If you have any questions about your residential or commercial painting project, please call us directly at (602) 678-1380 or click here to contact a member of our team.
Analogous Paint Scheme
In simple terms, an analogous paint scheme is one which features three or more adjacent colors on the color wheel. You begin by picking any color as your ‘mother color’ and then pick two or more colors on either side of it. This is an effective method of choosing a color scheme, because you will likely be choosing colors with similarities at their root and it is easy to harmonize such a collection.
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Complementary Paint Scheme
A complementary paint scheme involves the use of two colors that are opposite to one another on the color wheel. Examples of complementary colors include red and green, blue and orange, plus purple and yellow. When you use these colors at full saturation, you can create an incredibly vibrant look; however, it is important to manage these colors, as it is easy to get it badly wrong. A complementary paint scheme is the best way to get something to stand out.
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Double Contrast Paint Scheme
The double contrast paint scheme is an interesting way to spice things up when it comes to a painting or decorating project. The scheme bases itself on complementary colors, but goes a step further by choosing a dominant color and its complement and then picking the colors to the right of your main colors on the color wheel. As you can imagine, this could lead to very bold colors and it is a paint scheme that can be used to create a retro feel to any space.
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Monochromatic Paint Scheme
As the name seems to suggest, a monochromatic paint scheme uses one color in almost every room surface. In this kind of scheme, it is normal to include paler tints of the main color, grayer tones, and different darkened shades in the palette. It is often the case where the chosen color is paired with white or another neutral color.
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Triadic Paint Scheme
The triadic paint scheme is an interesting and potentially complex one that involves using a trio of colors that are equally spaced around the color wheel. Artists, painters, and interior designers are the most likely groups to utilize this scheme, as it offers a powerful visual contrast, while retaining a richness of color and balance. While triadic is not as contrasting as the complementary paint scheme, it appears to be more balanced and harmonious.
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Split Complementary Paint Scheme
A split complementary paint scheme is basically a variation of the more commonly used complementary scheme. It involves choosing a main color and two other colors that are adjacent to the complementary color of the chosen hue on the color wheel. The result is a paint scheme that offers high contrast without the tension of a complementary scheme.
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