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Blue Color Schemes

Blue Color Schemes

Blue Color Schemes derived from the Color Wheel

All Interior Designers and Interior Decorators use the color wheel, some may not refer to it physically, as it is embedded in their mind from frequent use.

It helps take the guesswork out of creating color schemes, and is an essential tool for any new interior designer or interior decorator wanting to sharpen their color skills.

Below you will find color schemes derived from the color wheel for the Blue hue.

You can use these schemes to create variations, for example using a tint (adding white to the color), or a shade (adding black to the color).

These are a starting point for creating a scheme. With the use of different tones and textures, a combination of fabrics, paints, wallpapers and carpets you can start by selecting a scheme that you like, choose one color as the base color and quietly add your accents according to the scheme.
Blue and white, color and crisp, and ideal color scheme for a bathroom.
Blue and white, color and crisp, and ideal color scheme for a bathroom.

Blue color schemes are a popular choice for home interiors.

A blue monochromatic color scheme provides a calm and tranquil feeling to a room.

A blue and orange complementary color scheme provides wonderful contrast, one of the colors should dominate and the other used as an accent.

A cobalt blue sofa for example, accented with orange cushions. This provides a refreshing combination.

A blue, red orange, and yellow orange split complementary color scheme allows you to introduce other colors whilst still retaining a high contrast scheme. This works well with floral fabrics, using them for drapery or upholstery.

Blue, red and yellow, a triadic color scheme (also in this case, the three primary colors) creates a strong and authoritative use of blue based on a strong chroma (brightness of the color) but if used with a tint (white added to a color) we get quite a different feel, baby blue, pink and lemon, this creates a restful and serene use of the color.

Blue in a bathroom is refreshing and promotes a sense of well being. Blue, blue – violet and violet, an example of an analogous color scheme. This type of scheme is easy on the eye as it uses colors that are beside each other on the color wheel and therefore closely related. It is useful to use when you want to make a harmonious space but does create more movement than a simple monochromatic scheme. Loyal comes to mind for this use of blue.

Blue color schemes - Blue in a bathroom is refreshing and promotes a sense of well being.

Blue, blue – violet, orange and yellow – orange make up a dual complementary color scheme. This allows you to combine multiple colors knowing that they will work in harmony. Ideal for patterned fabrics, florals, using different finishes in one room for example wallpaper, upholstery fabric and drapes, tiles and flower arrangements. This is a refreshing use of the color blue.

Blue, violet, orange and yellow combine to form a tetrad color scheme. This type of combination allows for a greater range of different colors to be combined, similar advantages as the dual complementary, but just adds more color variation. Ideal to use when you want to have lots of movement and action, the blue takes on a conceptual meaning.

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