A Real Live Color Scheme Challenge
Color schemes get easier to deal with the more you use them – and what better way to use them than to start with a real live decorating challenge.
Say you have a great big dark brown couch and love seat, with beige pillows, a dark brown coffee table, tan sandstone fireplace, pale beige walls, white baseboards and trim. Basically it’s a room stuck in neutral.
This room needs color – and magazines on the coffee table don’t count! Get out your color wheel and tell me what color scheme and combinations you’d choose.
There’s no wrong answer, except that I do not like pink.
Color Scheme Exercise: Fireplace Room
- I don’t like pink
- The fireplace is native stone
- I am partial to Mission / Shaker style
- I gravitate toward Southwestern influence
- That window next to the fireplace leads to an interior room
- The front door is behind the camera and faces east
- Those pillows are dark red, tan with beige flowers, and burgundy
- The ceiling is vaulted, with a ceiling fan dropping down a LONG way
- The house is in the desert with constant and often strong wind
- We prefer calm environments
- Your goal is to come up with a color scheme that uses the dark brown furniture.
- If you like, give a summary of your scheme in the comments below. I’d love to see what you come up with!
- If you want more detail or have questions, by all means ask them in the comments area.
Color Use Hints
- Cool colors such as green, purple, blue create relaxed environments and visual calm.
- Warm colors such as red, yellow, orange create energetic, vibrant environments.
- Adding texture can create a ‘bridge’ between colors.
Color Scheme Hints
- Analogous color schemes can create relaxing environments. You’ll get your best results when you don’t mix cool and warm in analogous color schemes.
- Go with a complementary color scheme to create energy and drama.
- Monochromatic color schemes tend to make rooms feel larger.
- Triad color schemes work best when one color is used as the dominant and the other two are used as highlights and harmonics.