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Analogous Color Schemes

Analogous Color Schemes

Analogous or Related Color Schemes

An analogous color scheme is composed of two or more harmonious or pleasing colors closely related that lie next to each other on the color wheel and therefore have similar hues.

Analogous Color Schemes
Example of Analogous color combination from the color wheel using green, yellow-green, and yellow.

This color scheme is easy on the eye. Analogous color schemes use colors that are adjacent on the color wheel and so have similar hues. For example, green, yellow-green, and yellow. When using this selection of colors in a color scheme, make one color dominant to provide the focus and use the other colors as accents.

Contemporary Use of Analogous Color Combination

analogous color scheme using yellow orange, yellow and yellow green.

In this contemporary interior, the analogous color scheme is created using yellow orange, yellow and yellow green. It is bold but comfortable to look at. Most of the colors have a matt finish, so the addition of a high gloss acrylic light fitting, and a leafy palm add texture to the scheme.

Subtle Use of Analogous Color Combination

Subtle use of analogous color scheme with the use of violet, blue-violet and blue in the cushions.

This modern interior has used a more subtle approach to an analogous color scheme using violet, blue-violet and blue fabrics used for the cushion accessories on the soft blue sofa and the hint of blue curtains. Relaxing and comforting color combination choice, this sofa looks inviting and restful and well balanced.

Analogous Color Scheme for Trompe l’oeil Painted Ceiling

Analogous Color Scheme for Trompe l'oeil Painted Ceiling

This impressive Color Scheme for Trompe l’oeil Painted Ceiling has used the colors yellow- orange, yellow, yellow- green to great effect. They are soft enough so that they don’t look to heavy on the ceiling, yet strong enough to show true definition and form.

These color schemes work well for creating spaces or interiors that you want to be comfortable to look and are popular for the use in kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms.

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