Interior Color Matching: Understanding the Basics

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Interior color matching may seem like a huge interior decorating secret that is complicated to understand and takes years of training to master. This is not true. With an understanding of a few basics, anyone can be ready to do their own interior decorating. For an example throughout, we will use burgundy, green, and cream.

Primary Colors

Primary colors are just that. The primary color that will be noticed in your room when you walk in. This will be the color that you will find in the largest areas of your decor, such as your walls, window decor, furniture, and upholstery. So, using our example colors, the primary color will be burgundy. You can then choose how to use your secondary color.

Secondary Colors

Your secondary color is the color you will be using to accent the primary color, using much less than the primary color around the room. Using green as the secondary color, we would use green in the pillow shams or vases, rugs, lampshades, or wall hangings.

Tertiary Colors

Tertiary colors are simply the third color you add to a room that gives it that extra pop, and you will use this color sparingly. In this example, we are using cream as the tertiary color. You would use cream in small accessories like a small decorative bowl, a small picture frame, or a small amount of cream color incorporated in floral arrangements.