Color Theory – The Art of Contrast

Color Theory – The Art of Contrast

An almost perfect color scheme is one of the most important elements of a successful interior design. Most people envision a giant color palate when they hear the term ‘color’ and ‘scheme’ attached in the same sentence. Rest assured, a color scheme is the sum of its parts – it does not always have to be a complicated retro mix of popping colors that might sear your eyes if dome the wrong way – neither does it have to be a dull, monotonous fixture of any setting. A color scheme is an amalgamation of all the best parts of an interior design; the materials, the fixtures, the fabrics, the lighting and more. When you are selecting a color scheme for any interior, know that the best way to attain a successful combination is by consolidating a specific contrast. If you would study the color wheel, you would understand that every color and respective hue has a contrast – and when you choose the right contrast, you would have successfully implemented a grand scheme. Let’s discuss some unlikely, but beautiful color schemes below.

Rusty Beige

Beige is more often than not considered quite a dull color. Located down the deep end of a tan scheme, it can be a rather boring blend. That is why it has to paired up with a color that takes away from its dull compliance and adds a bit of fun to the interior rust is the perfect color to do that – not only is it powerful, it makes quite a statement against passive colors. The image below shows an ideal blend of these two schemes, which is only enhanced by the strategic placement and location of adequate lighting fixtures.

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Industrial Retro

While the industrial palate runs the gamut of browns and greys, it is a style that can appreciate a bit of a pop. When you combine the dull tones of industrial with a color scheme that is, in retrospect, the complete opposite; it can end up creating a rather effectual setting. When the couch, with its vibrant colors was adding to the monotony of the industrial style bare bones interior, it ended up lifting the entire presence of the room.

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Tone Downs

If you’re not one to appreciate the exuberance of an eye popping retro color scheme, then you can always combines the darker hues of vibrant colors in your interior setting. As the image shows, this interior scheme perfectly encapsulates this concept – using the vibrancy of dim gold lights and dull orange (rust) color, it enmeshes the two concepts pretty well.

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More than two

If you want to incorporate more than one color schemes in your design you have to be careful about balancing it out. The best way to do that would be by creating a base – in this case the base is a dark material which highlights the exuberant colors that have been administered in careful doses all around the interior.

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