Yellow Color Schemes

Yellow Color Schemes from the Color Wheel

I love working with yellow, it is such a positive and cheerful color. Learn how to combine yellow color schemes using the color wheel. Get examples below of how to use yellow in a color scheme.

A yellow monochromatic color scheme provides a warm and hopeful feeling to a room.

A yellow and violet complementary color scheme provides wonderful contrast, one of the colors should dominate and the other used as an accent.
A violet floor rug for example, accented with a yellow fringe. This provides an eye catching color combination.

A yellow, red – violet and Blue – Violet, split complementary color scheme allows you to introduce other colors whilst still retaining a high contrast scheme. This works well with floral or patterned fabrics, using them for drapery, upholstery and bedding. This creates an enlivening color scheme.

Yellow, blue and red, a triadic color scheme (in this case the primary colors) creates a radiant and cheerful use of yellow 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, lemon baby blue and pink, this creates a warm and welcoming use of the color.

Yellow, yellow – orange and orange, 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. Definitely sunshine comes to mind for this use of yellow.

Yellow, yellow – orange, violet and blue violet 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 an eye catching and enriching use of the color yellow.

Yellow, orange, blue and violet 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 yellow provides an inspirational message.

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