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Good Color Combinations for your Home Décor

Learn how to create the best color combinations for the decoration of your apartment

Decorating your home is not an easy task, we know. It is a long and time-consuming process which also requires a lot of effort and time to browse the Internet for the best prices, best décor ideas and color combinations. Today, from LANGRIA, we want to focus on one specific step of the decoration of a home: the color combination. Since most of us aren’t renowned interior designers, and that’s totally fine, we have compiled a few tricks and color hacks to follow in order to learn how to create good color combinations.

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Understanding the color wheel

Go back in time a few years. Do you remember learning the color wheel at school? You probably do. This is one of those things you learned and probably never thought about ever since. Well, now it’s the perfect time to bring it back. Above is the typical color wheel, comprised of 12 colors. Some color wheels can have more or fewer colors, but we chose this one as our standard color wheel to find some good color combinations. Let’s break it down very easily into 3 groups of colors
  • Primary colors: yellow, red and blue. These are primary because you cannot make them from mixing other colors together.
  • Secondary colors: orange, purple and green. These are secondary because you can make them from mixing the primary colors together
  • Tertiary colors: the six colors left on the wheel. These are in fact shades that you can make from mixing primary and secondary colors together.

Ways to play with the color wheel to find good color combinations

  • Design a palette of colors from one basic color: if you are looking for a consistent color combination you’re the décor of your room, pick one basic color that you like and combine it with a neutral color (white, black or gray) to make it lighter or darker.
  • Play with color temperature: if you study the wheel color in school, you can probably recall the color temperature. There are two groups of colors: warm colors (red, yellow, orange) which are vibrant and bright, ideal for large spaces, and cool colors (blue, purple, green), which are more relaxing and a better choice if the room is not too big.
Complementary scheme. On the left color wheel, bold color combinations, on the right one, less eye-catchy combinations.[/caption]
  • Complementary color scheme: if you like bold color choices, you are going to love what’s coming next. Pair colors of the color wheel that sit opposite to each other and choose one as the dominant color and the other as the accent color. However, if the combo of opposite colors it too much, follow this other complementary color scheme technique: chose your base color and instead of matching it with the opposite color in the wheel, chose the two colors on either side of the opposite color

Follow the largest pattern in the room

This technique to find good color combinations is simpler and it doesn’t need the color wheel anymore. Instead, it focuses on the biggest pattern in your room. Do you have a carpet with a pattern? Upholstered chairs? You name it. The trick is to identify the main colors on the patterned accent and choose those to decorate the rest of the space. The result is a perfectly matched room.

Always decorate from dark to light

Look around you. Nature is a great way to learn how to find good color combinations, and no, I am not crazy. Think of a park, for instance. Darker colors belong to the ground (sand, soil, even the tarmac) and they go lighter as we escalate into the sky. Do the same with your home décor if you don’t want to be too risky and make a décor faux pas.

Follow the 60-30-10 rule

Last but not least, our last trick to identify great color combinations for the décor of your house: the 60-30-10 rule. This is a classic rule that can be used for everything, from marketing to home decoration. It is a proportion that helps to give balance to the usage of colors inside a space. Here is how this rule works:
  • 60% of the color of the room is the dominant color. This color tends to correspond to the walls, large carpets or large pieces of furniture, like a sofa. You will use this color as the basic color, as it will take 1/3 of the color of the room.
  • 30% of the color of the room is the secondary color. This color is normally used for textile such us the bed linens, upholstery of your chairs, etc. This color will support the basic color and makes the room interesting.
  • 10% of the color of the room is the accent color. This color can be found in decorative elements such as pillows, cushions and other decorative elements. This 10% will add the final touch to keep your color décor combination spiced up.
However, if you don’t have much time to spare on it and you want to skip the tricks above and get down to business, we also have a solution for you. Have a look at this pre-designed good color combinations. What’s your favorite color combination? Make sure you keep this link accessible or share it with your friends, it will truly come in handy next time you want to choose good color combinations. If you want to learn all about the trendy watercolor walls, have a look at our article Watercolor Wall: Add a Splash of Color
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