The Colors in the Decoration

In the post the colors in decoration (1) i talked about achromatic, neutral and monochrome color schemes.

Now Let’s Talk About Contrasting Color Schemes:

When we use harmonic schemes, colors are as coadjuvant: it plays an important role, but the focus of decorating the environment (in general) is another element of decoration, such as furniture, architectural detail, etc. Already in the contrasting color scheme (and in general also) the colors are the focus, the highlight. It is they, above all, that draw attention to the environment.

The contrasting schemes are more dynamic and alive and use a color characteristic which is as follows: When we use a color next to its complementary color, the 2 are exalted.-How is this??-You’re wondering…

I will explain: We have the primary colors-those that can not be created with the mixture of other colors-which in our case are Red, Blue and Yellow-and we have the secondarycolors, which are colors created with the mixture of primaries 2 To 2:  Red + Blue => RedViolet + Yellow => Orange Blue + Yellow => Green. If we mix the 3 primary colors we will have the black.

And what did scholars discover? That when we put side by side, for example, the Red(primary), with the Green (which is the mixture of the 2 other primaries, Blue and Yellow),both green and red seem more alive, more vibrant, so this Combination is called the Contrast Combination.

Of course the same happens with Blue (primary) and Orange (red + yellow)  and Yellow(primary) and  Violet (red + blue).

The circle with a bunch of colored balls, above, is a simple representation of the so-calledChromatic Circle. See that it shows a lot of information: Hot colors-red / yellow, Coldcolors-green / blue, harmonious colors (which are side by side-red, orange, red and orange, for example) Contrasting combinations-which are always in front of each other.

So by finalizing, you can create strong contrasting combinations using contrasting colorsOR you can lessen this impact a bit by using one of the colors next to the one directly in front of you, you see. For example: Instead of using orange and blue , use orange and this lilac bluish between blue and violet. It will look nice and soft.

Another very interesting contrasting scheme is the triadic, which uses 3 colors, as follows: Observing the Circle of colors, choose a color, any color, for example BLUE, jump 3 colors and get the YELLOW, jump+3 colors and get The Red. (Speak difficult: Use colors equidistant in the circle..).

The last contrasting scheme is the one that uses  2 double contrasts, for example: Red, Green, Orange, Blue. Too much color, is not it? So it’s a difficult to use and very impactful scheme.

Note in the pictures that in general, the contrasting schemes are used on a harmonic basis, that is: The great elements of decoration such as walls, sofas, etc. are neutral and the smaller elements are that use the contrasting scheme. This to soften the impact of the contrast and give liveliness to the harmonic base.