Why are the Colors in my Home Clashing? Here's your Guide to the Best Color Combinations

by Johnny Haiki

A common mistake people make when they decide to design their space is to simply take their favorite colors and hope they all get along at home. Just like Design, there is something called Color Theory. The relationship between colors allows us to bring the beauty out of any space.

The combination and arrangement of color can accentuate your overall mood in any living space. Here at Design Theory, we took the time to create our very own fabrics swatches of different hues to help our customers imagine and bring their living space to life.

Amongst all the colors to choose from, there are a few color combinations that our team has studied and observed over the years that really brought spaces to the next level. These colors represent shades of the Sun, the colors Burnt Orange and Apricot are very muted bright colors that evoke energy, liveliness, and a fresh start. To see a full list of our swatches, check out our free swatches available here.

Colors can have a powerful impact on the mood and atmosphere of a space, and learning how to use them effectively can help you create a home that feels warm, inviting, and personalized. Here are a few tips for arranging colors in your home and spaces:

  1. Start with a color scheme: Before you begin selecting specific colors for your space, it's helpful to have an overall color scheme in mind. There are several popular color schemes you can choose from, such as monochromatic, complementary, and analogous. Each scheme has its own unique look and feel, so be sure to choose one that aligns with the style and mood you're trying to create. Take a look at the color wheel below. Begin with one color, and look across the color wheel for its direct complement, and instead of choosing that color, pick two complementary colors on either side of it. For example, if the first color you choose is yellow-orange, look across to Blue-Purple, but choose purple and blue as your second and third colors.

  2. Use a focal point: A focal point is a central element in a room that draws the eye and anchors the space. This can be something like a piece of artwork, a fireplace, or a large piece of furniture. Use your focal point to guide the color scheme of the room, and choose colors that complement or contrast with it.
  3. Balance light and dark colors: A good color scheme will include a balance of light and dark colors. Light colors tend to open up a space and make it feel larger, while dark colors can add depth and make a room feel more intimate. Experiment with different combinations to find the right balance for your space.

  4. Add interest with accent colors: Once you've established a base color scheme, use accent colors to add interest and personality to your space. Accent colors can be added through accessories, artwork, or even furniture. Be sure to choose colors that complement your base scheme and don't overpower it.

  5. Use color to create flow: Finally, be mindful of how colors are used in different areas of your home to create flow and continuity. Use similar or complementary colors to connect different spaces, or use contrasting colors to create a sense of separation.

By using these tips, you'll be able to use color effectively to create a home that feels warm, inviting, and personal to you. Remember that the key is to experiment and have fun with color, and don't be afraid to make mistakes!

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