What is the best colour combination

What you need to know on how to choose the best color combination for your best friends gift or decor.

If you have read my other articles in this blog regarding color combinations you know I love to use neutrals as a base. I then throw in a Primary color to give that extra punch to make thing interesting. Today I am continuing my series of articles on color combinations. In this article I will be sharing some super easy color tips with you to help you choose the perfect color.


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What is the best colour combination?

  1. If primary color is White then Blue, Red and Black.
  2. If primary color is Black then Yellow, Red, White, Leaf Green, and Pink Orange.
  3. If primary color is Dark Violet then Golden Brown, Pale Yellow, Gray, Turquoise, Mint Green or Light Orange
  4. If primary color is Beige then Blue, Brown, White, Olive Green, Gray, Light Blue or Turquoise.
  5. If primary color is Pink then Brown, White, Olive Green, Gray, Light Blue and Turquoise.
  6. If primary color is Gray then Red, Violet, Pink Blue or Fuchsia.
  7. If primary color is Fuchsia then Gray, Lime Green, Mint Green, Brown, or Yellowish Brown.
  8. If primary color is Cherry Red then Azure, Gray, Beige, Light Orange or Light Yellow.
  9. If primary color is Red then Yellow, White, Green, Blue or Black.
  10. If primary color is Tomato Red then Cyan, Gray, White Cream, Sand or Mint Green.
  11. If primary color is Raspberry Red then White or Black.
  12. If primary color is Yellow then Violet, Gray, Black, Light Cyan, Lilac, or Blue.
  13. If primary color is Light Yellow then Purple Blue, Yellowish Brown, Red, Brown, Gray, or Fuchsia.
  14. If primary color is Lemon Yellow then Gray, Brown, Blue or Cherry Red.
  15. If primary color is Golden Yellow then Gray, Black, Red, Azure or Brown.
  16. If primary color is Orange then Black, White, Violet, Cyan or  Blue Lilac.
  17. If primary color is Light Orange then Olive, Gray or Brown.
  18. If primary color is Dark Orange then Cherry Red, Brown, Olive or Light Yellow.
  19. If primary color is Dark Brown then Lime, Purple, Pink, Leaf Green, Cyan or Lime Yellow.
  20. If primary color is Brown then Beige, Green, Pink Cream or Bright Cyan.
  21. If primary color is Light Brown then Red, Light Yellow, Creamy White, Green or Purple.
  22. If primary color is Green then Black, Creamy White, Gray, Brown, Yellow, Golden Brown, Orange or Golden Brown.
  23. If primary color is Olive then Brown, Light Brown or Orange.
  24. If primary color is Leaf Green then Brown, Red, Gray, Dark Blue, Brown, Yellowish Brown.
  25. If primary color is Greenish Blue then Red, Gray, Brown, Orange, Pink Yellow or White.
  26. If Primary color is Dark Blue then White, Red, Green, Orange, Light Yellow, Gray, Brown, Cyan, Yellowish Green or Light Lilac.
  27. If primary color is Turquoise then Cherry Red, Brown, Yellow, Dark Violet or Cream.
  28. If primary color is Dark Violet then Light Orange, Mint Green, Gray, Turquoise, Light Yellow or Golden Brown.

Modern Color Combination Ideas

Adobe Sand, is the perfect choice - A warm neutral color that would look great in your master bedroom or kitchen, this shade is an easy addition to every color palette
Loving this white and grey cozy living room decor
Wall color is summer shower from Benjamin Moore
Alternating colored walls and a Sonoma Aztec Rug in this stunning master bedroom
Eclectic and very prolific colors
Love this office space, especially that wall color
The Best Sherwin-Williams Neutral Paint Colors - SW Passive color
Avocado Green Color for Walls From 1972
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Popular Paint Color for walls - Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue HC-147
A bedroom with pink walls
Color scheme for the sun room - Green wall with light gray floor
Green Color Combination for Walls with large giclee prints
Perfect Gray Color Combination For Your Bathroom Design
Beautiful hallway in Gray color with dark flooring design
Corridor in gray with openings in white
Home office as well as home research study design ideas using gray color walls
Modern color palette features everything from classic neutrals to bold, bright colors like Hot and Spicy - This vibrant shade of red is a great way to bring color into your home
Powder room - bathroom with navy blue walls, white trim - light wood
Stylish grey and white Nordic style bedroom.The predominantly white artwork helps lighten up the stone grey walls
Cavern clay wall color
Dark color combination for walls
Pretty Color Combination of Green and Copper
Watercolor Tropical Beach
Blue retro look interior
Fall in love with Midnight Show - This deep, moody blue can be used in a variety of spaces throughout your home. - Try pairing it with bright white accents or lightly-colored, neutral furniture
Tudor Treasure Old English home interior with neutral pastel colors with white trim
British Gent Green Colored Wall
Dark colored gray blue wall with old map, suitcases, drinking trolley in rattan and glass vases
Interiors with Really Bold, Bright Colors
Rustic overhead lighting, light grey and white bedding, neutral walls, black headboard framing, wood flooring and tan area rug
Beautiful turquoise and white bathroom
Dark Brown Red Plum Color Combination for Walls
Green color in the conservatory
Red Bathroom Ideas - Poised, Plum-Red Bathroom
Bright blue colored hallway
Dark blue wall with white framed light colored art work hanging on the wall
Gray walls, white trim, dark floors - Love it
Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas
Night Watch Color Of The Year 2019 Paint Color by PPG and it's a gorgeous, rich green
Paint Color Inspiration Sherwin Williams Acacia Green for living room walls
Romantic bedroom ideas
Using Colors to Create Mood in a Room - Teal Aqua
Color is known for its mood-enhancing and energizing qualities
Green color combination for walls
This neutral gray hue brings a soothing and relaxed style into this master bedroom
Wood and metal bring character to the contemporary apartment
Calm and cool use of interior colors
Gorgeous gray paint color
Paint colors for small rooms - From light colors to bold hues
Use rich, jewel toned wall colors to create an inviting interior space
Color Combination for Walls A Playful and Bright Playroom Color Design
Gray Painted Ceiling Design
Keep it neutral using one of the most popular Gray colors in 2015 thru 2019 - Great for most any wall
The steel-gray walls in the dining room beautifully offset works by Edward Burtynsky and Anselm
Color can genuinely turn a plain living room right into something unique - That is why it is necessary to choose a living room color scheme that reflects your design
Interior Design Colors
Rustic and Classic entryway decor - Neutral paint color is Behr Sculptor Clay
Super Stylish Hallway of Green Color
Classic look
Gray Color Combinations for Interior Walls
Millennial pink vibes when it comes to the light blush hue of Sunset Drive by BEHR Paint - A chic addition to this mid-century modern living room, this romantic wall color can also work as an accent
Nocturne Shade of BEHR Paint Color. - Add a touch of vintage glamour to your home with the help of this dark purple hue. Jewel-toned, gold, and silver accent colors
Sherwin Williams Silvermist is a beautiful blue paint colour with gray and green in it - It has a lower LRV so it is not a bright and light colour
Colors calculated to fit into and around each other for a breathtaking final look
Large high quality images for a gallery on a dark colored wall
Wall color is Benjamin Moore Cape Hatteras Sand and ceiling is Restoration Harsware Silver Sage
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Charismatic Sky Blue color evokes an excited, joyful energy to your home interior
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Pendants, black hardware, prefer lighter counters, like wall color against white kitchen
Color Combination for Walls with Fiddle Leaf Fig Pant
Interior Bedroom Makeover using Sherwin-Williams Sea salt color
Love the color combination of grey walls with white door frame and door on dark laminated floor
Warm, casual entry with Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray color on walls
Color Combinations Looks Crazy Good
Dark Color Combination in the European Hallway
Night Watch Green PPG Color on Fireplace
Style Studio Copper Glow
Color Inspiration - Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze Color-This beautiful green paint color is the perfect color choice for the walls of a bedroom, living room, kitchen
Influence of color in the living room with orange walls
Neutral gray hue brings a soothing and relaxed style into this master bedroom
Over-the-top colored wall when paired with other bold colors and patterns - it looks like a scene from a bright Mexican bazaar
The use of light blush tones of BEHR’s Color of the Month Flamingo Feather - If you’re looking to make a bold statement in the interior design of your home, try contrasting this warm pink hue

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Tips for choosing the perfect color combinations

To start off let’s take a dive into some very basic color theory that will enable you to answer questions like which color is best for interior walls, which color paint is best for living rooms and finally what color combinations work well together. Sounds like it may be complicated but it’s actually very simple. You will be able to apply these tips to your home decorating projects and answer most questions you might have regarding color schemes.

Most all color basics start with the color wheel. I would highly recommend that if you have not heard of the color wheel to get better acquainted. The color wheel can be your best friend. Especially if you are an interior decorator just starting out or a person who is about to start a new home decorating project and has limited experience. I would recommend that you have access to a color wheel on your computer, tablet or phone.

Please check out my color Primary Color Chart. This is a handy chart that lists the Primary color and the individual colors that look good with the primary color. Also, feel free to check out my extensive article on the best color combinations that look great together.  In this article I go in depth into the Color Wheel and basic colors. I divide up the color wheel into its respective color components. For the purpose of this article I will just stick to the very basic concepts. If you want to know more you know where to look for more inspiration and in case you ever get stuck.

The Color Wheel – Will help you answer the question which color combination is best for your room wall

The color wheel is comprised of three primary colors Red, Yellow and Blue. And then there are the secondary colors which are Green, Orange and Purple. The secondary colors are created by mixing the primary colors together.

And lastly the color wheel contains what’s called tertiary colors. The color wheel is made up of 12 colors. You can use these colors as the base for any of your art projects or home decorating ideas. In addition to using the 12 colors on the color wheel you can also use different shades of colors.
Each color on the color wheel can be mixed with either white or black creating a different shade of color. You can then use these different shades as part of your decorating.

There is also what called Physiology of colors. Color tones or cool and warm. Feel free to check out my article on 10 clever hacks to choosing colors. In this article I go in detail on 10 clever tips that will make things so much easier for you when choosing colors.

By creating darker or lighter versions of your favorite color you can get an interesting effect. This adds contrast to your project thus making it interesting to the eye.
Next, I would like to give you three color schemes you can use in your home décor projects. As I stated before these are super simple and all you have to do is pick one and go for it. It’s that easy.

The Monochromatic Color Scheme – Will help you answer which color combination is best for your home interior wall and decor

The first tips I would like to share is the monochromatic color scheme. This is probably the simplest of the 3. All you do is pick one color. Your entire home décor project is then based around this one color. Start by choosing one neutral color like Black, White, Gray, Brown and sometimes Navy will work depending on the situation. The advantages of this scheme are that it’s timeless. You can use this scheme and come back several years later and it still looks good and not dated. Also, you can add colors very easily changing the look and making things more interesting.

There are two options for using the monochromatic color scheme. The first one is you can choose one of the neutral colors I mentioned above and go with that or you can choose a color from the color wheel.

Red Color Saturation Example
Here is how it would work. Choose a neutral color, let’s say gray because gray is a very popular color today. Then use varying shades of gray as accents. Add with white or black to the base gray color to get a different shade of gray. Use a different shade of gray as an accent.

In this example, I take the color blue and add black to it until it progressively changes from blue to a black shade of color.

In this example I take the same color blue and add white to it until it progressively changes from blue to a white tint of color.

You can get more sophisticated with the monochromatic color scheme by adding varying amounts of Black, White or Grey to create Tints , Shades and Tones.

Analogous Color Scheme – Will help you answer what are 3 color combinations go well together?

The second color scheme is the analogous color scheme and one of my favorite. These is where you would take one color on the color wheel and then choose one or two colors right next to it to create a real soothing color scheme. This scheme looks fantastic together. Usually this produces a real calm effect. The use of blues and greens produces this calm effect. Blue is a cool color which conveys calmness and green which is a natural color also produces a calming effect. Together these colors look great. And by varying the shades or the color you can produce different looks.

For a more lively color scheme you can use red and purple or green and yellow. And taking this concept even farther you can introduce a third color form the color wheel like blue, green and yellow.

Complementary Color Scheme – Will help with how to come up with new colors for your living room wall color and decor

And lastly the third color scheme you can use in your home decorating project is the complementary color scheme or sometimes also referred to as the split complementary color scheme. This is when you choose two color that are opposite of each other on the color wheel. This creates an interesting effect that is more lively and dramatic. This would be a great scheme to use when you are looking for a scheme that is bright and cheerful.
I relate this to a spring or summer color scheme. So for example, you could use red and green. Both colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel. There is however a lot of red and green used during the holidays but you can vary the shad of both colors creating another effect. For example you could add white to the red and green creating a pink and mint green color. Now you have two colors that are vibrant and go well together and do not give off a holiday color scheme. These two colors would look great for spring.

The 60 30 10 Color Rule

When using three colors in you color scheme you should use each color in varying amounts. For example, pick one color to use as the primary color and that color would be used 60 percent of the time. The other two colors would be used 30 percent and 10 percent. Some artists refer to this as the 60-30-10 rule. Most artist and interior decorators choose a neutral color as the 60 percent color. An example that is popular and trending today is to use 60 percent gray, 30 percent turquoise and 10 percent green. You walls in your house could be painted gray and certain parts of the trim painted in turquoise and then accent wall art in green. Or you could use throw pillows in green for example.
This rule is used to helps you divide up your space nicely so that you do not have too much of one color going on in one area. This gives an even flow providing more continuity to your space.

Further reading on the 60-30-10 rule.

Color Combination Conclusion

Please let me know which color scheme you like the best the monochromatic, analogous or the complementary color scheme.
I hope you have enjoyed this series of article on color and how to use color in your home décor. If so drop me an email and let me know. Let me know some of the topics you are interested in. I would like to maybe write an article on those topics as well.

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A bit about me: I have been an artist for many years and have worked hard to improve my techniques. It took me a long time to perfect my style. I did this by trying and failing and trying again until I got the desired results. As you have seen by visiting my homepage, my artwork is very different than most ceramic clay potters. Most of all my work is not created on a potter wheel but is free-hand. Each ceramic art is handmade and original. I learned a lot of color theory and design by taking courses and by studying on my own that was not necessarily art related. But as a result I found out most of what I learned I was able to use in my artwork and home decorating projects.

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