Matching Your Room's Color Scheme to Color Theory

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 1:00 AM

By Arlene Case

Choosing a fine art piece for your home is not only about deciding between artists. The style is also important, whether it be landscape, portrait, still life, or vintage. If your home decor is modern, you will like contemporary or abstract to blend well. The colors in the art piece should accent the dominate colors in your existing decor. If you use color theory, you can add warmth to your place.

What is color theory?

colors create harmony and continuity. Mixing the wrong colors together can give off a confusing message or mixed emotions. The theory of color is so in depth, but the basics are enough to make a good choice on an art piece to compliment your home. Blue, red, and yellow are the primary colors, and all other colors stem from these. Secondary colors are the colors that are two combine primary colors, being orange, purple, and green. Tertiary colors are the product of combining primary colors with a secondary color like blue-purple or yellow-orange or red-orange, or blue-green. Across from each other on a color wheel, are complementary colors. To lighten or darken their main color, artists use complementary colors. Just a bit of black or white will change the shade of the main color.

How do I decide what colors to give to my space?

Warm colors will create a feeling of warmth like summer yellows, or reds or autumn colors like sage green, brown and amber. A room painted with golds and browns would be complemented by a painting with summer yellow-oranges, or red-oranges. Oil paintings of landscapes give a good cool and tranquil feeling and go well with rooms done in blues and greens or gray. In an office, a painting with dark blues and greens will set off a light blue wall. Complementary colors that blend or accent will create visual harmony.

What is meant by visual harmony? Harmony in your room will be pleasing to the eye. A feeling of being in balance is given, which is calming. In a space that is out of balance, there is a feeling of chaos, making visitors uncomfortable. For instance, if you have an office where visitors are encouraged to sit down and stay you definitely want to create a harmony of colors using art effects that blend or add pleasing accents to the main decor of the space. A room that has little variance will not be pleasing to anyone in it. A room that is over stimulating to the eye will be uncomfortable and a room that has little color variance will also be uncomfortable. If the space was completely gray, even a black and white would be pleasing, but bright colors would throw off the room's balance.

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