Color in design is very subjective. One reaction will not always be another’s. Personal preference, cultural diversity, and upbringing also play a major role. Color theory is a huge field of study with a multitude of applications. However, there is some basic knowledge you can make use of when thinking about decorating and renovating options for your home.

Primary colors are the colors that are the root of every other hue.  They are red, yellow and blue.  Secondary colors are the offspring of primary colors.  Red + Yellow = Orange. Blue + Yellow = Green.  Red + Blue = Purple.

Warm colors are made of red, orange, and yellow. Cool colors are blue, green and violet.  Cool colors mimic water and sky and tend to calm and soothe. Warm colors mimic heat and sunshine and tend to add a coziness to a space.

I searched these photos below on Houzz to give you examples. The first two photos are more extreme in their warmth and coolness.  To reduce that saturation of color and balance the look, you’ll want to either add in neutrals or complimenting colors.  The second set of photos illustrate that balance.  Neither looks is right or wrong, just different.

Photo by Shigetomi Pratt Architects, Inc. – Look for tropical bathroom design inspiration
Photo by Studio Sarah Willmer Architecture – Search eclectic kitchen design ideas
Photo by Genesis Architecture, LLC. – More modern kitchen ideas

Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors. When these opposites are next to each other, they make the other appear more intense. This is a phenomenon called Simultaneous Contrast. This is achieved because one color is cool and the other color is warm. They basically complete each other (awwwe).

Analogous colors schemes are any three colors which are side by side on a the color wheel. These colors a create a soothing palette, where one color is typically dominant. See photos below for examples.

Photo by Vendome Press – More contemporary dining room photos
Photo by – More contemporary living room photos

In design, harmony is something that is pleasing to the eye. It creates an inner sense of balance, which leads to happiness. When something is not harmonious, it’s either bland or chaotic. Spaces that are under-stimulating or over-stimulating tend to cause you to not want to spend time in them. And as we all know, the Kitchen is the heart of the home. Therefore, our goal is to make the space functional first, then inviting and pleasing to spend time in.