How tried and true colour schemes can teach us a thing or two

How tried and true colour schemes can teach us a thing or two

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TRIADIC

A triadic scheme uses three colours evenly spaced on the colour wheel. This interpretation uses one of the more basic triadic palettes – primary colours red, blue, and yellow – but in a sophisticated way where deep red is the dominant colour, joined by a blue rear wall and the inside of the arch painted in soft yellow.

RESENE COLOURS USED: Resene Hot Chile (red), Resene Delta Blue, Resene Chenin (yellow). All painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, resene.co.nz. Floor throughout in Resene Walk-on paint in Resene Alabaster.

Triadic, Monochromatic and Accented Achromatic are three colour schemes that can add style and elegance to your home.

Belinda Merrie

Triadic, Monochromatic and Accented Achromatic are three colour schemes that can add style and elegance to your home.

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MONOCHROMATIC

A monochromatic scheme uses tones of one colour – but not necessarily just white or cream, as with this example. It works in any colour be those mid-toned neutrals, greys, ochres or restful blues. The key to this elegant scheme is to use texture and shape for interest: think curves, bas relief, boucle or linen fabrics and rugs.

RESENE COLOURS USED: Resene White Linen (background), Resene Quarter Drought (wall shapes and plinth). All painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, resene.co.nz

COMPLEMENTARY

A complementary scheme uses colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel, for example blue and orange, yellow and purple, green and red. It’s a scheme that creates tension and thereforevisual excitement and, in this rendition, uses two blues with orange, for added interest.

RESENE COLOURS USED: Resene Subzero (pale blue), Resene Azure (dark blue), Resene Smoke Tree (orange). All painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, resene.co.nz

ACCENTED ACHROMATIC

This type of scheme is one step on from monochromatic – most of the room is completed in tones of one colour, but then a pop of interest is added with a complementary or different colour. This example uses tones of blue/grey with a touch of deep red. It also works because of its playful combination of circular motifs and shapes.

RESENE COLOURS USED: Resene Eskimo (background), Resene Balderdash (dark on left), Resene Half Escape (light on right), Resene Blu (small portion on circle) and Resene Big Stone (dark grey). All painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, resene.co.nz

DOUBLE COMPLEMENTARY

A double complementary scheme uses two hues next to each other on the colour wheel, along with two adjacent hues on the opposite side. This juxtaposition of colour makes for a more complex and therefore more interesting scheme. In this example, purple and mauve are used with pale orange and creamy yellow, further enhanced with a striking retro mural.

RESENE COLOURS USED: Resene Siesta (mauve), Resene Chapta And Verse (purple), Resene Cab Sav (deep red), Resene Carpe Diem (orange) Resene Chamois (dark cream), Resene Caramel (lines). All painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, resene.co.nz

This article was produced in partnership with Resene. Read more about our partnership content here.

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