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Use the color circle to customize

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Use the color circle to customize

It’s not always easy to hang out in the corners of the interior, because the trends are coming and going at a high pace. Old “rules” about how we should have it at home can for a long time be a broken chapter.

In the meantime, it would be nice for us all to have an interior designer or interior expert at hand when we need the most tips and advice – but we rarely.

It may be useful to keep in mind that knowledge of the color circle is essential to make your home shine.

Here the stylist and interior designer / color expert shares their tips.

We also show you seven color wheels with different ways to combine colors. If you know these, you will quickly create an exciting expression in your home.

Use the color circle to customize

LEARN THE COLOR WHEEL TO KNOW: Do you know what colors build up and work well in the interior, it’s easier to make your home shine. Photo: ILLUSTRATION: The Editorial

Give the colors space in the interior

Colors can be difficult. We are constantly reminded of – now the colors are really back in the fashion and interior. Wake up with coffee latte and egg white walls. Welcome delicate pastels and knuckle bangs.

Knowing Johannes Ittens (1888-1967) color theory, and the so-called color circle, color setting will be far easier.

Monochrome / Tone-in-tone color setting

One of the easiest ways to decorate with color is to resort to a tone-to-ton color scheme.

Here you use one shade from the color circle, but varies with brightness and saturation. If you are looking for three color shades, one light, one dark and one with more color tone, you will have a calm, harmonious and simple color scheme, according to Tale Henningsen, interior designer and color designer at Nordsjö.

Stylist Birgitta Roald has used shades of blue to style the living room in the picture below, and has suggested a monochrome / tone-in-tone color scheme.

– It is decorated with only one color, blue, but I have created variation using lightness and saturation, says the stylist.

She has been keen to bring inspiration and colors from nature, and especially the colors we find at the sea.

– The result has become a rugged natural style than the typical “Skagen style” many people know.

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The stylist advises you to choose matte colors to ensure depth. Monochrome coloring is easy, because it always looks balanced. According to the stylist, it is pleasant to look at, because there are no disturbing elements. If you start with the colors of Mother Earth, it’s easy to succeed, because she is the color expert of all of them, according to the stylist.

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Use the color circle to customize

TON-I-TON / MONOKROM: Here the stylist is decorated with blue, but variation has been made using lightness and saturation. Photo: Studio Dreyer Hensley

Use the color circle to customize

MONOKROM COLOR SETUP: Here you use one shade from the color circle, but varies with brightness and saturation. Photo: Illustration: Editorial

The living room in the picture below has got a whole new expression in a brand new color combination. Here is a split complementary color scheme.

This is a variation of the complementary wheel (referred to below), according to Tale Henningsen, but this way of coloring appears as quieter. Here you use one color along with the two colors on each side of the color complementary color.

Stylist Birgitta Roald has used the colors pink, orange and green in this split complementary color scheme.

Pink and orange are used as the heaviest colors, while the green is allowed to appear.

Before choosing these colors, think about whether the room is a place where you should be active or if you are going to spend it for rest and relaxation, the stylist. Strong colors have the advantage of promoting creativity and energy.

Notice the panton cup that is on the floor, the stylist has put it there to create a balance. The wall appears quite heavy, while the white chair on the opposite side appears as easy. Thus, there was a need for something that gave equilibrium.

– Make sure not to put all the furniture on one side. Balance is an important keyword, the stylist advises.

Complementary Coloring

A complementary color scheme is used in the image below.

Use the color circle to customize

SPLITTED COMPLEMENTARY: Here’s life and touching pink, orange and green. Photo: Studio Dreyer Hensley

Use the color circle to customize

SPLITTED COMPLEMENTARY: Here you use one color along with the two colors on each side of the color complementary color. Photo: ILLUSTRATION: The Editorial

Opposing colors in the color circle give the greatest contrast and are used to create excitement, “says Henning Henning.

When speaking in visual terms, the colors are similar to strength, but they are opposites. This creates a living expression – but the colors must be well balanced. To prevent the colors interfering with each other, they can be dimmed with black or you can use black in the interior otherwise, the interior designer / color expert.

Stylist Birgitta Roald has here decorated with purple and yellow, which are complementary colors.

The idea here has been to bring a vintage style into the living room. Purple and yellow are colors that are directly opposite each other in the color circle and give as much strength. Birgitta advises you to choose one main color, and then complement the other color of some details. Then they will get extra well and it is extremely clumsy.

– Purple and Yellow have always worked well, regardless of the fashion image and if you use them together, you can hardly bumble, says the stylist.

Since the colors are so strong in themselves, she has been keen on not spending too much of them. By collecting the colors something, you avoid the typical directory character.

Multiple ways to colorize

Analogue coloring is also a way of coloring, according to Tale Henningsen.

Use colors that are close to each other in the color circle. It gives more variety than the monochrome color setting. There is a sliding transition between colors that are closely related to each other and it creates a good atmosphere in the room.

Use the color circle to customize

COMPLEMENTARY COLORS: Opposing colors in the color circle give the greatest contrast and are used to create excitement. Here it is styled with purple and yellow. Photo: Studio Dreyer Hensley

Use the color circle to customize

COMPLEMENTARY COLORS: If you use opposite colors in the color circle, you can create a sparse expression at home. Photo: ILLUSTRATION: The Editorial

Be sure to let one of the colors dominate, then you get an exciting expression, advises the color expert. This way of coloring is especially suitable for green and blue colors.

Treklang is when one uses three colors evenly distributed from the color wheel together.

It gives a color contrast that is rich in contrast, but more harmonious and balanced than using complementary colors.

Choose one main color and use the other two for details, advises the color expert.

Double Complementary

Here you use two sets of complementary colors, that is, four colors that act as big contrasts, and that form a rectangle shape in the wheel.

The challenge lies in balancing everything, as well as getting the right amount of each color, according to Henningsen.

Here you will also be successful by selecting one main color. It’s extra nice to use it cold against the heat.

Use the color circle to customize

ANALOG AND TREKLANG: These ways to combine the colors you can also go for. Photo: ILLUSTRATION: The Editorial

Square color system

This is very similar to the dual complementary color, but all four colors are positioned evenly around the entire wheel.

It works best if one color gets dominated, and the mix of warm and cold colors is balanced.

Hot and cold tones

Anything else it might be worth thinking about when setting the color wheel as a starting point is through temperatures.

Keep in mind that half the wheel consists of warm colors: red, orange and yellow, while the other consists of cold: blue, green and purple.

Warm colors are seen as vibrant and energetic, while cold colors are clean and calm. Using colors from both sides gives you a space of color schemes from all over the world.

White, Black, and Gray are classified as neutral colors and can be used to change the colors and shades of the colors.. A color turns into a tone when you add white. White makes a color brighter, but also more pastel colored. A color becomes a shadow when adding black. A color is given a tone when gray is added. Saturation is the amount of the current color used to make the color.

Use the color circle to customize

DOUBLE COMPLEMENTARY AND QUADRATE COLOR SYSTEMS: These ways of combining colors can also provide a great result. Photo: ILLUSTRATION: The Editorial

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