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Color Palettes and Choosing Art

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Goethe's symmetric colour wheel

Color sets the mood of a room, and the right art can inspire or coordinate with your color scheme. Here are some of my tips for working with color:
bold colors

Balance bold colors. Whether they’ll work together depends on their proximity and ratio—if you have too many (like, more than two) they can fight and make the room feel busy. I’m a big fan of bold colors, but I always like to throw in some metallic or neutral tones to take the edge off.

complementary colors

Complementary colors are across from each other on a color wheel (red and green; purple and yellow). Complementary colors are bold and edgy, and create quite a statement. They can be great for large spaces, or for creating a youthful energy.

analogous colors

Analogous colors are next to each other on a color wheel (blue, blue-green and green; red, red-orange and orange). Analogous colors draw the viewer in to a much more subtle experience. The differences don’t pop out as harshly, making a more sophisticated palette.

neutral colors

Neutrals work well with almost any other color. Add drama to a neutral backdrop with bold accent colors.

About Katrina:

Katrina manages the Imaging Department at Gallery Direct. Katrina is delighted by interior design, and appreciates having a front-row seat to soak up Gallery Direct's latest and greatest masterpieces. Outside of the office, she enjoys daydreaming, designing, gourmandizing, and practicing yoga.