I've finally almost finished my course in interior design
studies, so I though I might as well node my homework
for the final exam
. One topic was the 7 basic colour schemes
, not to be confused with the 8 colour contrast
s. These scheme
s are based on the colour wheel, which is a circle with 12 colours in this case.
: one colour, but used in different tints
and materials (a light blue stainless steel chair gives another impression than a fluffy dark blue chaise lounge
so it's not neccesarily boring).
: two colours opposite in the colour wheel are combined. Red with green, blue with orange etc. Normally one colour dominates the scheme.
: 2 or 3 colours adjacent in the wheel. E.g. green, blue-green (BG) and blue.
- Split complementary
: one hue (pure colour) + two hues on either side of the complementary
hue. Purple with yellow-orange (YO) and yellow-green (YG).
- Triad or triadic
: three hues equidistant around the circle. Like orange, green and purple. This may not sound very compelling to you, but especially child
ren tend to like those fresh combinations.
- Double complementary
: is based upon two pairs of complementary hues. This combination, like OR+red+BG+green is often used, because it is a safe and balance
: is like triad, but then based on 4 hues at equidistance in the colour wheel. This combination is considered as the one most difficult to combine.
Ah well, designer
s may talk in vague blahblah terms, but that's what every industry branch
does. After all, when you keep things unclear
you have an advantage that the client thinks s/he really needs you to get something done
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