Something you may or not may not know about me is that I have a degree in Interior Design. There is a reason why I do not really work as a full time Interior Designer currently but that is a looooong story to be told another time. Today, however I’m starting a series of blogs to explain the basic schemes which can be used in painting, interior renovations and any thing really that involves the use of various colours.
So, today’s theme is one of the most easy to identify and interpret, that being Opposite and Complimentary. It basically means any colour scheme which involves 2 colours which are identically opposite on the colour wheel. That could be blue and orange, or purple and yellow, or most obvious being red and green. Pictured below is a version of that being a Teal and deep Magenta colour scheme done with alcohol inks on a neutral dark grey background. The amount of each of the noted colours used, in terms of proportions does not really matter : ie. it could be mainly a red theme with just a splash of green or vice versa. It still falls under the same colour theory category. Here the use of both colours is very similar and hence it gives a composite balance to the image as neither compete for attention. I believe this a suitable proportion of both colours used as the whole title of the colour scheme insinuates a need for balance and equality.
The second 2 images are another example of this colour scheme and how it can be used to give a childroom’s bedroom a bit of visual interest by decorating their laundry hamper. Enjoy the painting and don’t forget to give your brushes a proper wash to preserve them for future use.