Creating Custom Color Schemes from Art Pieces

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vI do not belong the art piece (incrediblesnaps).
I do not belong the art piece (incrediblesnaps).

Color schemes are a tricky business as they shape the mood and atmosphere of the home that they occupy. This creates a lot of pressure for homeowners who want to create their own color scheme. The idea of choosing colors that do not work together is pretty scary, yet using pre-made color schemes can be boring and can lack personality.

The perfect way to choose your own color scheme but ensure that the colors are harmonious is to pick either a piece of art or a photograph that is pleasing to your eye and select colors from this piece.

I do not belong the art piece (takemealone12)
I do not belong the art piece (takemealone12)
I do not belong the art piece (pinterest)
I do not belong the art piece (pinterest)

The first step, after you’ve chosen your art, is to choose your focal color. This is the biggest color square in the scheme thus being the most prominent color in your design. Directly under that is the same hue two shades lighter, and below that is two shades darker.

I do not belong the art piece (rebloggy)
I do not belong the art piece (rebloggy)
I do not belong the art piece (freecreatives)
I do not belong the art piece (freecreatives)
I do not belong the art piece (pinterest)
I do not belong the art piece (pinterest)
I do not belong the art piece (ugallery)
I do not belong the art piece (ugallery)

The three colors below are less of a science. The first one on the right will be your accent color, the one beside that can be any variation (darker, lighter, muted) of your accent color. The last one is not necessary but having a near-white color that corresponds to one of the colors chosen can smooth the transition.

I do not belong the art piece (californiaartwork)
I do not belong the art piece (californiaartwork)
I do not belong the art piece (contemporaryartbychristine)
I do not belong the art piece (contemporaryartbychristine)
I do not belong the art piece (favim)
I do not belong the art piece (favim)

An important thing to remember is that color does not have to be perfect, it allows freedom to express ourselves. My method of choosing colors is not the only way to do it. There is no problem deviating from the technique above.

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