What is Color Harmony and how can you apply it to interiors?

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Color is the first thing you notice and the last thing you remember: no matter the perception and no matter if you are fully aware about the effect it has on you. Even if you notice it subtly, on a subconscious level, the brain will deliver an opinion. Color is one of the most powerful tools stylists and photographers use for a great impact and picking the right colors for a certain assignment { a job for a client or the wall color of a room you spend most of your time } is essential for the success of a project. You want to feel comfortable with the chosen color… Of course, everyone of us favors a different color, but this is also the magic of it, the application of color becomes simply endless…

selecting a color with Farrow and Ball
selecting a color with Farrow and Ball

Knowing this, you can turn color into one of your most effective styling instruments. Next to other fundamental design principles, I teach the importance of color harmony in my workshops. Last week I was able to create a workshop with the brilliant team of the Farrow & Ball Showroom in Munich. Places were limited and this is why I would love to provide a little insight into this lovely afternoon.

Color Workshop at the Farrow and Ball Showroom in Munich, Germany, styling: AD Germany
Color Workshop at the Farrow and Ball Showroom in Munich, Germany, styling: AD Germany

Color harmony is a small part of color theory, based on the color wheel we all learned at school. This styling technique for combining colors can be split up, for example in concentrating on Complementary – or Analogous Color Schemes. Here I would love to focus on Analogous Color Harmony, I personally love to work { and to live } with.

The Analogous Color scheme concentrates on colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, for instance red, red-orange or orange. Here it does not matter, what colors you choose, the only thing that matters is to choose three colors that are neighbors on the color wheel. I love neutral and gray colors and will show you how I applied this styling device in my kitchen. But before I show you the gray combination in my kitchen, I would love to exemplify how you can select your favorite color and create a moodboard. This moodboard, created by the Farrow & Ball team in Munich, shows three clippings that start with one main color and choose two or three colors on either side of it.

mood board example for color harmony - seen at the Farrow & Ball Showroom in Munich
mood board example for color harmony – seen at the Farrow & Ball Showroom in Munich

The application of these tones can create a monochromatic look for small vignettes or large interior projects, very much harmonious to the eye. Usually, it matches well, as those combined colors are often seen in nature. For my kitchen I decided to use a gray palette, ranging form very dark gray to almost white…

gray colors used for both, furniture and wall
gray colors used for both, furniture and wall

If you wish to recreate a similar look for your home, you can follow these quick steps, using you favorite colors & hues.

MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COLOR HARMONY:

  • color harmony is a part of color theory
  • can by used as a powerful stylistic device
  • choose three colors that are neighbors on the color wheel {e.g. red, red-orange, orange}
  • first and main color dominates, second one supports and third one to set accents
  • choose colors with enough contrast, otherwise it may look like tone-on-tone {which is another, very powerful way of styling}
  • often seen in nature, because of this familiar view pleasing to the eye
  • creates a harmonious, rich and monochromatic look

I promise, you won’t regret having created a corner that sparks daily inspiration with your favorite colors!

A HUGE Thank you to everyone who dropped by and also a HUGE thank you to Farrow and Ball, especially for the chance to create a workshop at the Showroom in Munich! I loved spending this lovely afternoon with you, sharing your knowledge and thank you so very much for providing such an incredible insight – to my readers and myself.

getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich
getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich
getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich
getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich

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getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich
getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich
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