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March 18, 2010, 12:19 pm homebeautiful
Embrace the rich colours of nature to create a serene pamper zone. Once you've picked your dominant colour, use our colour wheel (below) to find complementary shades that will work as gentle accent pieces.
These hues are exact opposites on the colour wheel - soften one hue or dull them both down - when two complementary colours are knocked back and used together, the combination can be uplifting.
Choose the main colour you like, then add accents of hues that sit on either side of its exact opposite (complementary colour) on the wheel.
Find perfect harmony with three colours that form a triangle - all equal distances apart on the colour wheel. The secret to a triadic scheme is to vary the intensity of each or you may be overwhelmed.
ANALOGOUSIt's a mouthful, but basically involves using adjacent colours - usually 3 to 5 - on the wheel. It works particularly well when using patterns, focusing on one dominant colour and several accents.
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