Colour schemes

Picking a colour scheme is something you will probably work to try and create, but you might not even be aware that you’re doing it! This is usually where people tend to over-complicate things for themselves and get confused because they start to worry about which colour will look good with what and if they can actually make it work in their space.

As a general rule of thumb from the professionals that always works when you’re working to create your own colour scheme, if you’re splitting up your space by percentage — paint 80% a neutral colour (the most popular being gray or taupe-beige). Have 15% as a shade neutral colour — so, if you picked gray, a lighter gray. And have 5% of the space be an accent colour that nicely complements things. This train of thought when it comes to picking out paint colours works practically every time.

Of course, you can absolutely go by your own personal preference and design aesthetic when it comes to choosing paint colours, but there is such a thing as harmonic colour schemes, which can help along the way. Harmonic colour schemes consist of two or more colours on the colour wheel which have a specific relationship based on their position and distance from one another. They tend to work together nicely in perfect harmony.

monochromatic colour schemes

If you’re looking for simplicity, a monochromatic colour scheme is always one of the easiest ones to create. Colour schemes done in a monochromatic way are simply made up of different shades, tones and tints within a specific hue. If you’re going with blue, everything in your scheme will come from within the blue family. From the accent colours down to the main backdrop. This scheme works well for a lot of people because it doesn’t create a jarring effect for the eyes.


Analogous colour schemes are simply groups of three colours that are found directly next to one another on the colour wheel. An example of this would be purple, red and orange. It’s almost as if they’re just a natural progression of colour. Maybe that’s why you’ll often find analogous colour schemes in nature.


A triadic colour scheme is made up of three colours that are evenly spaced out on the colour wheel. An easy example to remember is red, blue and yellow. A lot of the triadic colour schemes tend to be quite vibrant in nature, so that’s something to keep in mind. But, when decorating within this scheme, a lot of people simply use one of the colours as the dominant hue while the other two work as accents.


A tetrad (or rectangular) colour scheme uses four colours made from two complementary colours. To help figure this one out more visually, if you can draw a rectangle between each of the colours you have chosen as your four, it can make a tetrad colour scheme. With this colour scheme, all four colours are evenly distributed around the colour wheel. There’s usually not one dominant colour.

complementary colour schemes

As far as a complementary colour scheme is concerned, it’s practiced when you use one base colour as well as its complement. The complement is located on the exact opposite side of the colour wheel. In terms of design, there is usually one colour as a base colour and its complementary colour is the accent. This works to create one warm colour and one cold colour, which is usually pleasing to the eye.

split complementary

A split complementary colour scheme basically works to take the complementary colour scheme just that one step further. You use this colour scheme when you take one primary colour and use two analogous colours to its complement. An example of this would be taking blue and matching it up with yellow and orange-red.

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page for an inspiring look at all the different colour schemes in full effect!

Some images were retrieved from Pinterest and stock image sites.

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