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Decorating with Same-Shade
Analogous Colors
How to decorate your home with gradient colors in the same color group--known as analogous colors.
Analogous colors belong to a single parent hue, with each variation borrowing a little from the two colors adjacent to it on the decorating color wheel. Aqua blue, navy blue, periwinkle blue, sapphire blue and azure blue all share the parent color, blue, and together they form a family of analogous colors.

Home decorating with these sets of analogous colors has unique properties well-worth exploring. There is harmony established when a single color tone reigns over an entire room. Analogous colors also speak more clearly than a mixed palette, allowing the dominant hue to set the mood of your home decorating.

Even more importantly, home decorating with analogous colors is the easiest to master of all color decorating. Though you may find it hard to determine the best relationship of green to orange and purple, analogous colors of blue will seem to you naturally connected, as will any other family of analogous colors, be it reds, purples, greens or oranges.

Choosing Your Favorite Family of Analogous Colors

The decorating color wheel includes 6 colors: green, blue, purple, red, orange and yellow. Each of these colors may be mixed a little with the color to its right or left (with yellow and green meeting where the decorating wheel closes). Thus green may be mixed a little with yellow to create lime green, or mixed with blue to created cyan.

You don’t have to be an expert color decorator or even to know all the names of the gradients of every analogous color group. You just need to know how each parent color makes you feel, and how different analogous colors affect your perception of space.

Greens and Blues

Analogous colors that float between greens and blues will create cool, soothing home decorating, reminiscent of a lagoon or shady pond. Use them for home decorating in smaller spaces, as this will create the impression of greater size.

Purples and Reds

Analogous colors that range between purples and reds will create dramatic home decorating when taken in their darkest shades. By contrast, their lightest expressions of violet and pinks will create the loveliest, soothing rooms. As a rule, the larger the space, the darker your analogous colors should be.

Orange and Yellow

Analogous colors of the orange and yellow families are reminiscent of light and sunshine and will grant your home decorating the atmosphere of spring. But since the darker versions are over-powering, analogous colors in yellows and oranges are recommended for well-lit, airy rooms of moderate to small size.

Black and White

Though black and white are not represented on the decorating color wheel, black being the absence of all color, and white being all colors combined, the two are part of light and shade and are integral to the way we perceive analogous colors. And yet, if you want to truly adhere to home decorating with analogous colors only, black and white must not take part in your decorating.

Home Decorating with Analogous Colors

Depending on the color mood you wish to instill with your home decorating choose the color group you prefer. You don’t have to worry about whether the analogous colors should tilt to the right or left. Instead focus on the following guidelines.

Paint the walls of the room in pale analogous colors, then coat the furnishings or bed with dark versions of the same analogous colors. In between come your decorating items such as pillows, fabrics, accessories and lighting, all of which should still adhere to the same analogous color palette but each with a slightly different shade that ranges somewhere in between the two extremes of the walls and the furnishings.

For your floor, choose light analogous colors for smaller or darker rooms, but darker versions for large or well-lit rooms. You may also choose to paint your ceiling a darker analogous color than the walls if the room is large or the ceiling is too high. Choose the reverse, a lighter ceiling than the walls if the ceiling is too low or the room is too small.

Feel Free

At the end of the day, home decorating with analogous colors is exactly about not taking anyone’s advice. It’s really up to you to pick and choose the decorating items you wish to include based on their color. Since you’ll only have one analogous color palette to worry about, you’ll naturally levitate to all blues, or all pinks, when you enter a store or search the internet.
To see some beautiful examples of home decorating with analogous colors, I recommend visiting Martha Stewart’s Shades of Nature. View all 12 pictures, each with a different analogous color palette. You’ll notice that some of the rooms have gone a step beyond analogous color decorating by adding a splash of a what’s known as a complimentary color (a color from the opposite side of the decorating color wheel.)

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