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Art & Beyond

A home + life blog by Corinne Melanie

Color Wheel 101: Your Secret Weapon for a Beautifully Cohesive Home


Ever walked into a room and felt an instant sense of calm, or maybe a burst of energy and excitement? That feeling is no accident. It's the magic of colour at work.

It's easy to learn the concepts of the colour wheel so you can harness this power for yourself, and find perfect colour pallette for your home. 


"Munich" on Canvas - Square I Canvas Wall Art Corinne Melanie
Featured artwork "Munich" on Canvas


What is the Color Wheel?

The color wheel is a simple, yet powerful tool that maps out the relationships between colours. It's your secret decoder for understanding which colours play well together and which might clash.

By using the color wheel, you can create colour schemes that feel balanced, harmonious, and intentional – everything you want your home to be.


Color Schemes Made Easy: 3 Approaches to Try

Monochromatic Magic: This scheme uses different shades and tones of a single color. Think of a serene bedroom bathed in varying shades of blue, from pale sky to deep ocean. It's incredibly easy to pull off and always creates a soothing, sophisticated vibe.

"Ubud I" on Canvas - Landscape Canvas Wall Art Corinne MelanieFeatured artwork "Ubud" on Canvas

Analogous Appeal: This scheme involves choosing colors that sit next to each other on the wheel. Picture a living room with warm hues of terracotta, burnt orange, and mustard yellow. It's a vibrant and energetic choice, perfect for social spaces.
Triadic Contrast: This bold scheme uses colors that sit directly opposite each other on the wheel. Imagine a kitchen with teal cabinets and pops of coral accents. This combo is high-impact and adds a touch of drama.
"Gold Coast" on Canvas - Portrait I Canvas Wall Art Corinne Melanie Art Stretched & Ready to Hang Canvas 24x32in / 60x80cm
Featured artwork "Gold Coast" on canvas


Using the Color Wheel in Real Life

Here's a quick step-by-step to get you started:

  1. Choose Your Base Color: Think about the mood you want to create in each room. Do you want a tranquil bedroom, a cheerful kitchen, or a cozy living room? Let your desired feeling guide your base color choice. If you're not sure on where to start, you can upload images of rooms you love using this colour palette generator tool here.
  2. Consult the Wheel: Identify your base color on the wheel, then explore its neighboring colors (analogous), its different shades (monochromatic), or its opposite color (complementary). Use this additional Canva tool, the colour wheel, here for free to select your base colour, and use the drop-down tools to switch between different colour palette types. 
  3. Start Small: Test out your chosen colors with paint samples, fabric swatches, or even by moving a few accessories around. Live with the colors for a few days to see how they feel in different lighting.
  4. Go Bold or Subtle: You can either use your color scheme as a foundation for the entire room or introduce it through accent pieces like artwork, throw pillows, or even a colorful vase of flowers.

Beyond the Basics

Remember, there are no hard and fast rules. Feel free to experiment and get creative with your colour choices. You can always adjust and refine your scheme along the way. The most important thing is to create a home that feels uniquely you.

So go ahead and unleash your inner interior designer. With the color wheel as your guide, you'll be amazed at the incredible colour combinations you can come up with.

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