Analogous Colour Scheme – Why Designers Are Obsessed?
treniqblog | June 14, 2019

They say when in doubt, turn to the colour wheel. This is a thumb rule that among professional designers as well. This can very well be used to guide the design of your interiors. While monochromes, neutrals and minimalist styles may be the latest obsession, many people are indeed turning to new pairings for a refreshing use of colours. The analogous colour scheme involves three hues at a given time, all of which are positioned next to each other on the colour wheel.

What are the analogous colours?

Analogous colours are three colours that can be found next to each other on the colour wheel. It is usually composed of one dominant colour (usually a primary or secondary colour), then a supporting colour (a secondary or tertiary colour), and a third colour that is either a mix of the two first colours or an accent colour that adds value to the first two. Natural examples of these pairings of these are the colours of the setting sun or the colours seen on a succulent.

How to use them?

Many designers apply the 60-30-10 rule, which is used to ensure a visually appealing balance. Under this rule, 60% of your space will be the base colour, 30% will be your accent colour, and 10% will be the popping of colour. To simplify this rule even further, here are the areas in which you should focus on using each of these colours:

60%: Walls, area rugs, large furniture.

30%: Accent chairs, window treatments, bedding, rugs.

10%: Throw pillows, art, accessories.

Our favourite combinations

Analogous colour scheme ideas - indigos and purples

Violet, blues, lilacs, lavenders and purples come together to make a rather harmonious blend of colours. The darker, moodier shades make for a sophisticated base palette while the mellow lavender and lilac add a touch of tranquillity and neutralisation.

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Hues of Greens, Yellows and Blues

Analogous colour schemes - violets and reds

Hues of greens, yellows and blues are a timeless grouping. We have seen these hues mixed in for art pieces and decorative items, however an entire room? That sounds like too much? Not if the blend is done cleverly. The easiest way to use this grouping is by matching these with neutral base tones. However, for the bolder ones, a room is an open palette!

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Glorious tangerines and reds

Analogous colour scheme - oranges and reds

Glorious tangerines, burnt orange, blazing reds, maroons and yellows come together to create a piece of sunshine in any room! Every powerful colour in this room is subdued by the abundant use of neutral pieces of furniture strategically placed so as to allow for trimming of the overdose. But the juxtaposing of these analogous colours is a slice of Summer we are falling in love with.

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Violets and Reds – A Daring Combination

Analogous colour schemes - violets and reds

Violets and purples meet red to create a rather unusual look which is both jaw-droppingly gorgeous and unsurprisingly daring! The neutraliser in this room is washing of coral and terracotta elements, allowing to cut down the blazing impact of these two dominant colours!

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