Analogous Color Schemes for the Bedroom

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    Analogous Color Schemes are Failproof

    Green and blue bedroom.

    Looking for a bedroom color scheme, but afraid you don’t know enough about decorating to choose one that works? Well, fear no more, because when you choose an analogous palette, it’s always going to look great.

    On the color wheel, analogous colors are any three or more colors that sit right next to each other: for example, red, orange and yellow. Because the colors are “cousins,” so to speak, they harmonize nicely and create a vibrant palette that always works well in any type of design:...MORE interior, fashion, graphics or art. Depending on how you use your chosen colors, the look can be very dramatic, or rather subtle, as these eight bedrooms show.

    Bright green, turquoise and Teal

    Take a look at the bedroom featured here. With lime green, turquoise and teal bedding and accessories, this room does analogous within a tight range of color. The overall effect is cool with a contemporary edge.

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    Red, Yellow and Orange

    Red, Yellow and Orange Bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of The Flaim Group

    Analogous does not have to mean bright – the color scheme can actually be quite subdued. This bedroom uses burnt red, orange and golden yellow to great effect. Although the chosen colors are not bright, there is plenty of contrast without a trace of business or clash. The dark brown furniture and patterned area rug add even more interest to this autumn-hued bedroom.

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    Orange, Yellow and Green

    Orange, green and yellow bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of HGTV

    Here, you see an example of an analogous palette that uses a primary color (yellow), the secondary color next to it on the color wheel (orange) and a tertiary shade (a combination of a primary and secondary color) that sits on the opposite side of yellow (yellow-green). The effect is very cheerful and vibrant, but the colors harmonize beautifully and the room works without looking busy or chaotic. A similar palette from the other side of the color wheel is red, purple and reddish-orange.

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    Blue, Green and Purple

    Blue, green and purple bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Mint & Pistachio Home

    When you stay entirely within the cool side of the color wheel, as with the purple, blue and green bedroom shown here, you keep a measure of tranquility in your overall look, even though there is a lot of bright color. None of the three colors used here are pure – the green is a yellowish green, the purple is a reddish purple, while the blue is a greenish hue – which also helps keep the look under control. Although this palette is very colorful, it would work beautifully in a master bedroom. The...MORE same three colors, but in their pure forms, would be a bit too bright for the master bedroom, although most children would love the look.

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    Purple, Red, Orange and Yellow

    Red, purple, orange and gold bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of DigsDigs

    Here’s another bedroom with a lot of intense color kept under control by use of tertiary shades instead of brighter primary or secondary colors. The purple is a reddish purple, the red is a purplish red, the orange is a reddish orange and the yellow leans towards orange. While it might seem complicated, it’s actually an easy way to combine a lot of color in a room without fear of clashing or going too dramatic.

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    Orange, Gold and Yellow

    Orange, gold and yellow bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of HGTV

    If you think analogous color schemes are too busy for a sophisticated style, take a look at the bedroom shown here. This lovely bedroom is very elegant, thanks to the tight analogous palette of slightly yellowed orange, gold and buttery yellow. Without the orange, this would be a monochromatic color scheme, showing you how analogous palettes can be nearly as subtle as the use of one color, but more versatile. Again, you could achieve this same effect with any other analogous combination of...MORE colors, as long as they are tertiary hues, not pure colors.

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    Red, Pink, Orange and Purple

    Red, pink and purple bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Home Design Ideas

    Combine orange, red, pink and purple and you get a bedroom that just about any girl would love, regardless of age. This is another example of an analogous palette that keeps several fairly bright colors under control by using tertiary (the combination of a primary and secondary color, such as reddish-purple) hues instead of pure colors (other than the pure red.) Imagine this same room with pure orange, purple and red – it would be a bit overwhelming for a bedroom space.

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    Blue, Green and Yellow Kid's Bedroom

    Blue, green and yellow child's bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Lindsay Hoekstra

    Here’s a happy palette that is great for any child’s room. Sunshine yellow walls are as cheery as can be, while the yellow-green, dark blue and turquoise accents throughout the rest of the space add a touch of cool that keeps the look from being overwhelming. When a room has this much bright color, it’s best to keep the floor dark and the furniture white or a light shade of wood, as in the bedroom here.