In my previous posts, I have talked about monochromatic, direct and split complementary color schemes. This week I am exploring one of my favorite interior design color schemes, the analogous color scheme or harmonies. Analogous interiors involve more than one color, so refer to the color wheel throughout this lesson. Generally, analogous color palettes are comprised of three to six colors that border or are near each other on the color wheel.
The key to a successful analogous color palette is the amount of lightness, darkness, intensity, clarity, dullness, and in the unbalance in the use of different colors on the wheel. For example, in the living room below, the interior designer used a scheme of orange, yellow-orange, yellow and yellow-green. The softened yellow is used as the dominate color with the orange, yellow-orange and yellow-green in a variety of saturations and intensities as accents. The softness contrasted with the dull saturated hues results in a cozy warm interior that is inviting and traditional.
Analogous color scheme include both warm colors (yellow, orange and red) and cool colors (green, blue and purple). However, more often than not, interior designs will use color on one side of the color wheel; either all warm or all cool colors. This method results in a harmonious design that is very appealing to the eye.
Steps to Create a Successful Analogous Color Palette
Here are the general steps to creating your very own analogous color scheme.
- Select a color to be the predominating color in your scheme. For instance, in the bedroom below the main color is light blue.
- Select a secondary color to be the next most important color. In the below example blue-green is found in the rug and headboard.
- Select a third color(s) (up to six) to be accents throughout the room. In this bedroom it is blue-violet.
What I love about the analogous color scheme, similar to a monochromatic color scheme, is how many different looks you can create depending on the colors you or your designer select. You can design anything from a vibrant colored space to a more subdued colored space. From traditional to modern contemporary, you can use an analogous color palette to design a space that is uniquely yours. Next week I will examine the triadic and tetrad color scheme for interiors.