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Decorating with color - Easy color ideas for any live, work and play space!

Decorating a space with color can be an intimidating task for many people, but it doesn't have to be. With a little planning and creativity, anyone can add color to their space in a way that complements their existing decor and style.
One of the easiest ways to decorate with color is to stick to a few basic color scheme ideas.

Decorating with color doesn't have to be difficult or overwhelming. By using a monochromatic scheme, focusing on accent colors, experimenting with complementary colors, or adding a statement color, you can create a beautiful and personalized space that reflects your unique style.

monochromatic color palette
Monocromatic Color Schemes

Monochromatic schemes involves using different shades of the same color throughout a room. For example, if you choose blue, you could use navy, sky blue, and baby blue to create a cohesive color palette. This approach is simple but sophisticated, and works well in any space.

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Accent color schemes for interior design
Accent Color Schemes

Another idea is to focus on accent colors. This involves using a neutral base color for the walls, furniture, and flooring, and then adding pops of color in the form of accessories like throw pillows, curtains, and artwork. This allows you to change up your color scheme easily by swapping out a few accessories when you feel like a change.

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Complementary Color Schemes for interior design
Complementary Color Schemes

If you're feeling a little bolder, you could try using complementary colors. These are colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel, such as blue and orange or purple and yellow. When used together, they create a vibrant and exciting look. This approach works well in modern and eclectic spaces.

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Statement Color Schemes for interior design
Statement Color Schemes

Finally, consider using a statement color. This could be a bold color on one wall, or a unique piece of furniture that adds a pop of color to the room. You could also use a colorful rug or artwork to make a statement. This approach creates a focal point in the room and adds personality.

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Where to start?

Using color at home or in the office - for paintings, furniture or any artistic challenge - takes a good eye, a little know how, and a creative imagination. Create beautiful color schemes for any room. Browse the most stylish color combinations and room color schemes. Understand color essentials and how to use them for your interior and exterior spaces."

At artSparx we've developed a color program that will help you solve all your color challenges. Start by visiting the 'Colors for residential and commercial interiors' feature, providing you with overall information on using colors sucessfully in any environment. Next, browse the following colorScheme features to tailor and design your color palette to fit your interior color needs. From basic ideas on how we see color, to the unique 3 step colorScheme system created at artSparx especially for you, we'll help you understand the elements of color, and how to incorporate these ideas to create successful color solutions to any project.

Color Palette

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Color mixing recipes, ideas and basic color principles help get you started.


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Color Theory

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Look for neutrals. Understanding a few simple color principles can result in successful color combinations for any project. Useful for interior design projects, decorative painting techniques, fine art painting, graphic design or illustration techniques, understanding color combinations can be easy and fun.

Look for compliments. When any one primary color is mixed with another a secondary color effect is produced. 3 secondary colors are produced from the mixing of one primary color with another. These colors are orange-green-violet. These secondary colors are also known as Secondary colors.

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Working with Neutrals

Neutral colors primarily consist of a selection grays, beiges, tans, creams and taupe. These colors generally work with most other colors making them excellent choices as background colors for walls and ceilings. In this manner, more vibrant color choices can be executed in the interior in the form of fabrics, draperies and curtains, rugs and carpets, objects, furniture and accessories like throw-pillows, lamp shades and pictures or paintings.

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