Use A Triadic Color Scheme In Your Bedroom


The triadic color scheme is one of the boldest palettes. With the triadic scheme, colors are spaced evenly apart on the color wheel. So, while they're not exactly opposites, the effect is complementary. No matter the saturation of these colors, the scheme tends to be vibrant. Use the triadic color scheme as a foundation for a dynamic effect in your bedroom.

Select a Pattern

Normally, selecting a patterned fabric is not the first step in decorating. However, many patterns utilize a triadic color scheme exactly for its vibrancy. Following are examples of triadic color schemes:

  • Purple, orange and green
  • Violet, yellow-orange and turquoise
  • Blue, red-orange and yellow-green
  • Red, yellow and turquoise

Better Homes and Gardens suggests choosing a global-inspired motif as the foundation for your bedroom. This piece is likely to be a rug, coverlet or curtain.

Choose a Dominant Color

Even if your patterned piece utilizes all three colors pretty evenly, your bedroom will show more harmony if you select a dominant color from the three. There is no rule of thumb for selecting the dominant color. However, since the three colors are all over the color wheel, you're going to end up with both warm and cool hues. Cool shades such as blue and purple tend to be more soothing. Conversely, warm shades such as orange and yellow tend to feel lively.

Select a Saturation Level

While it's possible you're going to paint your walls bright red or green, it's not the only option. Saturation refers to the level of color actually in the scheme. For instance, pastel colors have the lowest levels of saturation. It's also possible to mute the colors with a gray undertone. Either way, aim for consistency in the saturation of the three main colors.

Layer the Colors

Your first step in the actual decorating is probably going to be painting the walls. This should be your dominant color in the chosen saturation. Besides your patterned piece, the dominant color should show through in at least one more place, such as decorative cushions or painted frames. From there, use the other two colors semi-equally.

For instance, start with a muted peach for the walls, and pull the color through to the patterned rug and cushions on the bed. The bed itself can be topped with a muted turquoise coverlet. The turquoise should also come through in at least one other place, such as a sea-glass vase. Add touches of muted violet in picture frames, a painted bedside table or wall hangings.

Once you've set out the pattern for your triadic color scheme, anchor it with a neutral color such as beige, white or gray.


18 August 2015