I have been teaching interior design now for 5 years.
Recently I have been revisiting some of my lesson plans, while at the same time developing a learning portal for my students to access while studying (Learning the Basics - Interior Design) and I decided it might be interesting to share, over the next few posts, some of the ‘lessons’ here – one of the first things my students learn about is colour:
The Monochromatic Schema:
The monochromatic colour scheme uses variations in lightness and saturation of a single colour. This scheme looks clean and elegant. Monochromatic colours go well together, producing a soothing effect. The monochromatic scheme is very easy on the eyes, especially with blue or green hues. You can use it to establish an overall mood. The primary colour can be integrated with neutral colours such as black, white, or grey. However, it can be difficult, when using this scheme, to highlight the most important elements.
The Harmonious Schema:
The harmonious colour scheme uses colours that are adjacent to each other on the colour wheel. One colour is used as a dominant colour while others are used to enrich the scheme. The harmonious scheme is similar to the monochromatic one, but offers more nuances.
The Complementary Schema:
The complementary colour scheme is made of two colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. This scheme looks best when you put a warm colour against a cool colour, for example, red versus green-blue. The complementary scheme is intrinsically high-contrast. When using the complementary scheme, it is important to choose a dominant colour and use its complementary colour for accents
The Split Complementary Schema
The split complementary scheme is a variation of the standard complementary scheme. It uses a colour and the two colours adjacent to its complementary. This provides high contrast without the strong tension of the complementary scheme.