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How to combine colors indoors: practical guide

Interior decoration has an increasingly important weight, and many times it is we who decide how the rooms of the house will be. We like to take part in the decisions that have to do with how our home will look, either because we are going to release a new home or we are going to make a reform.

Within all these important decisions, the choice of colors that will create the atmosphere of our home is one of those that will mark the essence and the final style. In this practical guide we will lay the groundwork to be clear how to combine colors indoor. We learn together? 🙂

Ideas to combine colors

Why is it important to know how to combine colors?

Colors are a great resource with which to play when deciding the type of decoration and style that we want to give our house. With what color to paint the walls or what colors to use for furniture and accessories is a fun challenge.

Thanks to the colors, different emotions can be transmitted, we can create cheerful spaces, relaxing and even inspiring or stimulating climates. It all depends on what colors we combine with each other.

Psychology of color: thrill with the decoration of your home

In addition to helping to create different climates depending on the room in question, did you know that colors can influence (and much) your mood? For example, cold and light colors help generate a feeling of spaciousness, while cold and dark colors can create the opposite sensation, reduce space and even overwhelm you a bit. And the warm ones? If I am very saturated, they can be somewhat load bearing in sight, although on the other hand they give a feeling of vitality and joy.

To make it easier for you to understand what effect the shades have, let’s divide them into cold and warm and explain this a little more in detail.

Salon in blue tones

Cool tones

Cold tones in general have the power to convey a feeling of relaxation, peace and serenity, although you have to be careful that they do not become sad combinations. Always try to give some warm touch to counteract.

  • Blues: these tones are preferred to decorate, since as we have commented for cold tones in general, they are the kings when it comes to producing sensation relaxing. Just do not go over because they can be very absorbent.
  • Green: is the color of the nature by excellence. Green is a combination of blue and yellow, and as such, it offers different sensations depending on what it is combined with. For example, if you combine green with blue you will win in freshness; if you choose to combine it with yellow, it will deprive you cozy.
  • Purple: If you are a person who loves the spiritual, this is your color, since it has always been associated with the mystical and mysterious. It is a good option if you want to create an intimate and special climate. If you combine it with warm colors, they will become very vital spaces.
Cold shades

Warm tones

Warm hues have the power to generate feelings of joy, passion and energy. Although, as we have said before, you will have to measure well how much you use them so that they do not saturate too much.

  • Red: Red is known as the energetic tone par excellence. It is related to passion and emotion. It can enliven any stay, however, excessive use of this tone can be violent.
  • Orange: it is not usually a tone that attracts much attention to decorate, but far from what you can think of, orange can bring a lot of joy to a space by integrating it into small details.
  • Yellow: we love yellow, especially for use in some elements such as lamps or carpets. A great highlight to give energy!
Warm shades

Chromatic circle: the basis for knowing what colors to use together

Thanks to the color circle, we can get a better idea of ​​the base colors we have to use and the possible combinations, depending on the effect we want to achieve. It is an orderly and circular representation of colors depending on their hue or tone. In it, the primary colors are represented first: blue, red and yellow, in addition to white and black; and its derivatives.

We will talk about how to combine colors starting from natural color circle: is the circle that shows all the shades that make up the segment of light, the colors “spectral.” The most common sample consists of 12 colors, which appear in the image.

Primary colors: combine them for cheerful rooms

The mixture of primary colors, the Red, blue Y yellow, will make you get very colorful and cheerful stays. For example, they are ideal colors for children’s rooms, they look great! If you need inspiration look at this article with ideas to decorate children’s rooms.

Children's room with primary tones
Via: Alba

Secondary colors: vitality to power

If the combination of primary colors doesn’t convince you, don’t worry! You can combine secondary colors. They are those that result from the mixing of the primaries, two by two. Thus, we would have pairs of colors such as red and yellow = orange, yellow and blue = green, or blue and red = purple. In this photo we see the combination of two secondary, green and purple, which give a lot of vitality to a room 🙂

Secondary colors combination

Complementary colors: combine them for harmonic rooms

If on the other hand you are looking for simplicity and harmonics, perhaps you are more than complementary combinations. According to color theory, complementary colors are those that are opposite in the color wheel. One of the examples of complementary colors are the orange and the blue, and as we see in the picture they can look very, very good.

Orange and blue complementary colors

Monochromatic combination: the beauty of the simple

This option is for lovers of the sophisticated and the beauty of the simple. Monochromatic combinations, that is, following the same hue at different intensities, are a sure hit when we want to generate elegant spaces. An interesting example is this following the green tones. The good thing about monochromatic combinations is that you can get out of the norm with small accessories in a different color that create contrast.

Monochrome room

How to combine risky colors

If you have come here looking for something a little more risky, and you want to get out of the ordinary, this is your ideal option. Mix extravagant colors, like a black for walls and furniture and details in gold, copper and green, it can be a winning combination. How about?

Risky combination with black

What do you think of this practical guide to learn how to combine colors indoor? Tell us in comments!

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