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Types of colour templates

1. Square

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The square colour scheme is very similar to rectangular in both number and name. It uses four shades, but instead of focusing on opposing pairs, the colours are evenly spaced throughout the colour wheel.

No matter which colours you choose, this scheme will consist of one primary, one secondary and two tertiary colours. Vary the intensity of the four colours by making two shades more neutral and two a little bolder.

Again, similarly to the tetradic or rectangle scheme, you’ll want to pay attention to achieving an equal number of warm and cool colours. But, rather than giving equal attention to both colour pairs, you should pick one shade to dominate the space and use the other three as accents.

2. Tetradic

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We’re moving on to balancing four colours in the space. The tetradic scheme, also sometimes referred to as a rectangle scheme because of the shape it makes on the colour wheel, focuses on using two distinct pairs of complementary colours.

In this scheme, colour temperature plays a very important role. Try to make sure that you choose two warm colours and two cool colours to fill the space rather than an odd number. Using an even amount of both will help bring balance to the space.

It’s also important to vary how we view the colours. Look for patterns that fall within your colour scheme and don’t hesitate to mix them among your solid pieces. If you use all solids, the room will seem overly saturated, but too many patterns will clash, so focus on choosing one or two to help break up the space.

3. Triadic

Triadic colour schemes, sometimes also referred to as a triad, refers to using three colours with equal space between them on the colour wheel. The three primary colours (red, blue, and yellow) are a perfect example, as are the three secondary colours.

This type of colour arrangement is often extremely bold. Since the colours are in such high contrast and pure hues are often used, you’ll most often see this scheme in children’s bedrooms or playroom areas.

When using colours that are this lively, it’s always important to consider the spaces that are nearby. You wouldn’t want to put two different triadic colour schemes next to each other. That would be tend to look clustered. Instead, make sure that the rooms next to your triadic space are calmer and mostly neutral.

The boldness of a triadic scheme makes it the perfect choice for a kid’s room.

4. Analogous

The analogous colour scheme refers to using three colours in a row on the colour wheel. Typically, two colours will be either primary colours with the third shade being a mix of the two and a secondary colour. For example, you could choose red, orange, and yellow or red, purple, and blue.