We tend to think of color as an elementary concept. After all, you learn about ROYGBIV and the colors of the rainbow at about the same time you learn the ABC’s.
Scientifically, however, color is nowhere near as simple as ROYGBIV. Color is a multi-faceted world that adheres to physics, biology, and even calculus.
Indeed, there’s a scientific explanation for why certain colors look good in certain rooms, why hospital rooms should never be red, and why using yellow, blue, and purple in a room is a bold move.
As a furniture warehouse in Grand Prairie, we don’t need to dive into the specific science behind color. However, we did want to give an overview of the color wheel and basic color schemes because these concepts are foundational to home design.
The Color Wheel
The color wheel is a foundational concept, as it visually organizes how each color fits together.
On the color wheel, different colors fall into three categories:
- Primary colors: red, blue and yellow (these colors cannot be made from mixing other colors)
- Secondary colors: orange, purple, and green (can be made by mixing primary colors)
- Tertiary colors: six shades that can be made by mixing primary and secondary colors
Finding the right color scheme for your living room is all about knowing when to use primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.
Complementary Color Schemes
When you use a complementary color school, you focus on two colors that are opposite from each other on the color wheel. So, you can use yellow and purple, blue and orange, or red and green.
Because complementary color schemes have such a stark contrast between the two focal colors, you should make sure to add neutral colors. For instance, if you decide on a blue sofa and orange light fixtures in your living room, consider a lighter coffee table, a beige ottoman, and otherwise neutral accents.
Split-Complementary Color Schemes
Because complementary color schemes feature two opposing color schemes, it usually leads to a bold aesthetic. If you like the idea of contrast but don’t want to commit to polar opposites, use a split-complementary color scheme instead.
If you use blue as your main color, you’d want to use the two colors next to orange. In this case, it would be a lighter tangerine and a darker red.
With this color scheme, you want your main furniture to include the base color. In the case of living room furniture, we’d recommend a blue sectional. Your accent pieces, like an ottoman or bookshelf, would include the lighter orange and darker red.
Analogous Color Schemes
Analogous color schemes use three colors next to each other on the wheel. To make sure your room doesn’t feel washed out by similar colors, stick to a 60-30-10 rule of thumb. Your dominant color (let’s say blue, again), should take up 60 percent of the room. If you’re designing a living room, consider a blue wall or blue living room furniture. Then, a lighter blue should take up 30 percent of the room. Finally, green should contribute to 10 percent of the room as an accent color.
Furniture Market in Grand Prairie
If you want to choose living room furniture according to color scheme, stop by Furniture Market in Grand Prairie!
We have a selection of living room furniture and would be happy to help you make good choices for your home.