Color Palette: An Analogous Color Palette

Analogous color palettes, which use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, can be very hard to pull off.  But, the Room of the Week does it perfectly.  The reason it works so well is that two of the colors in the palette (red/blue) are bold, while the third color (purple) is light.  If all three colors were bold can you imagine how intense the room would feel?  Plus, the colors would compete with each other instead of working together.

Here are a few red/blue/purple pillow combos in various bold/light combinations to illustrate this little recipe for pulling together an analogous color palette:

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scenario 1: red | blue | purple

scenario 2: red  | blue | purple

scenario 3: red | blue | purple

scenario 4: red | blue | purple

scenario 5: red | blue | purple

Which scenario is your favorite?  I’m partial to #4 with that gorgeous faded floral pillow.

And, for a little extra reading….Nicole of the blog Making it Lovely did a great series a few weeks ago about color palettes that work with a traditional red rug, just like the one in the Room of the Week.  Check out her posts here, here, here & here for some other color palette ideas.

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