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Learn to Decorate: Color Theory and So Much More

When it comes to decorating, the average DIY-er will need more than an innate sense of style. The perfect chairs and ideal paintings will mean nothing if the colors don't work together. The science of harmonizing color, known as color theory, can turn the work of an amateur decorator into a masterpiece. Color theory is frequently taught at art schools and universities, but it can be easily grasped with only a few minutes spent online and the use of a color wheel.

Color Theory

Color theory is an understanding of how different colors interact with one another and which ones work best together. An examination of color theory cannot begin without a look at the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. These colors are the root of all other colors; they cannot be created by combining, say, green and brown. All secondary and tertiary colors derive from these first three.

Secondary colors come from combining the primary colors: orange, green, and purple. Together, these six colors make up a basic color wheel when arranged around the outside of a circle. With only this rudimentary color wheel, a designer can come up with a complementary color scheme (two colors located directly across from one another), a triad color scheme (three colors equally distanced from each other), or a double split complementary color scheme (two sets of complementary colors are paired together). But the color wheel can expand even further, thanks to tertiary colors.

Tertiary colors are made by mixing a primary and a secondary color or by mixing two secondary colors together. These colors (red-orange, blue-green, yellow-green) are more subtle than their neighbors, and when added to the color wheel, can create some lovely, delicate color schemes. Now, a designer may pick from an analogous color scheme (two colors located directly beside one another) or a single split complementary color scheme (one primary color and the two secondary colors on either side of its direct complement). The latter is a particularly popular tool of interior designers, who may choose one main color for a room and then accent it with two secondary colors.

Color and Interior Design

Once basic color theory is understood, a designer can begin to choose colors for a project. If designing a home or interior space, picking a color based on the desired mood can be a good place to start. Colors have been shown to impact an individual's mood, although specific colors may mean something different for each person. For example, warm colors like red, yellow, and orange can convey comfort, but they can also evoke anxiousness or anger. Similarly, cool colors like green, blue, and purple may be interpreted as either calming or saddening.

Some designers may wish to take their design a step further by adding color or texture to the ceiling of a space. There are many ways to accomplish this, from textured paint to decorative ceiling tiles, and each way can add a new feel to the room. Gold tiles can add a sense of richness and antique refinement, while a simple, flat color can give the room a more modern vibe. The color of a room is ultimately the choice of the designer, and it is up to them to pick the colors that will be the most appropriate for the space in question.


Some of Sofan's Beautiful artworks
Each limited edition print comes in a variety of sizes and formats, both framed and unframed. Click on any image to view a larger version and read each painting's unique story.

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Bird of Paradise
Floral wings gracefully
embracing life's beauty.
Ready to soar.

orchid painting
Enchanted Orchid
With soft petals and subtle fragrances orchids are the most sensuous flower.

lily painting
Since ancient times the lily has been a powerful symbol of beauty and purity.

Time Passage
A soothing golden light
shines on the blossoming lily,
easing busy minds.


Sacred Moment
This calming image
gently draws you towards
more peace and tranquility.

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Moonlight Spirit
Blossoming lilies emerge from the tranquil blue waters, creating peace and tranquility.

Blue Lagoon
Drawn to the golden sunlightwe swim ever closer to the surface.


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Beneath the Shining Sea
Colourful fishes swirl
and play in the never
ceasing dance of life.

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Floating Lotus
Soft petals on soft water, You calmly float above the surface of all.

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Tranquil Waters
Soft fluid motion
draws us to our centre,
moving through life's waters.

 Whispering to the Fish
A soft voice calls to you gently
about new possibilities
and coming change.

Dancing in the Vortex
Come dance in the playful energising swirl of watery movement.

"My Enchanted Orchid, brings happy memories of Australia right around the world to my home in Rio. See you guys next trip."

Carolyn Brissett



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