Did you know that everyday when you get dressed you choose a color scheme? Even if you have NO idea that these terms indicate specific color schemes, when you look around your home or in your closet, you will find examples of these schemes EVERYWHERE!
You may be thinking this is an odd post subject for me! Well, there is a reason.
My sister-in-law, Angie, is hosting a monthly Interior Design Club at the middle school where she teaches.
This program is SO cool! The school is offering over 30 clubs for the kids to choose from. Everything from Interior Design, to Science, to Horsemanship, to How to be a Real Man. Isn’t that great?!!
Angie asked if I would do a post to introduce her students to Interior Design. We decided to start with color schemes.
All color schemes are based on the relationship of colors on the color wheel. Let’s start with an easy one!
Monochromatic – A monochromatic color scheme consists of different values (tints and shades) of one single color found on the color wheel.
Complementary – Complementary colors are colors that are opposite on the color wheel.
Split-analogous – A color scheme that includes one main color and the two colors one space away from it on each side of the color wheel. (Example…green with blue and yellow)
Split-complementary – This color scheme includes one main color and the two colors on each side of it’s complementary color on the color wheel.
Triadic – A color scheme with three colors equally spaced apart on the color wheel.
Tetradic – Also called double complementary – A scheme using four colors…two sets of complementary (opposite) colors.
Ok, here’s the fun part! Look around you! Can you pick out a specific color scheme in your home or closet?
Honestly, it’s not always easy! Some color combinations are tricky and it’s hard to designate which scheme they fall into!
Here’s another question? With which scheme are you most comfortable? Most of us tendency towards certain schemes. Do you tend to choose colors that are close to each other on the color wheel? Or opposite? Or are you more monochromatic or neutral?
Strange as it may seem, (and some of you may be thinking, “yeah, it’s strange”) I find this fascinating! Makes you look at color with a whole new perspective!