Decoration – Color combination in practice Decoration – Color combination in practice
I’ve talked a lot about how to choose and match the colors used in the decoration. But there are always doubts and more to... Decoration – Color combination in practice

I’ve talked a lot about how to choose and match the colors used in the decoration. But there are always doubts and more to talk about and in this series “Choosing the colors of the decoration in practice” I have been showing and modifying the colors of environments to exemplify some important principles that will help you to harmoniously combine the colors in the room, anyway … in all environments. Let’s see some more:

How to give vivacity to a room “erased”?

1) Add a cheerful color and repeat WITH VARIATIONS: This tip works great for monochrome rooms, especially in gray or beige: See:


An entire room in shades of gray / beige that you sometimes look at and think is kind of sad. So you think, “I’ll put a color in this little room!” Then you change one of the pictures: (Photo: TDC)


Automatically, you create a focal point Strong in the room: All eyes turn to the picture. Not bad, but what happens is that all the textures that create interest in this room lose strength, because the painting – this unique color – draws too much attention. One solution is to add other dots with the same color. Two or three is enough. But the important thing is that the added colors vary, in brightness or saturation or material or are in prints or all this together. Like this:


You see, the picture is not a focal point so strong as to overshadow everything else. And, even using the same color, the variation of it adds interest. What does not happen in compositions like this:


The same material and exact color of the armchair and the cushions “impoverishes” the composition … Avoid!

But if you want to put some little maintain the preponderance of the monochrome, (because you do not really like colors … kkkk) do as in this room:


The colored picture was placed in a position that does not draw attention (as would be the wall where the tv is) and, on the other side, 2 small supporting tables were added in his main colors. Thus, the gray / wood combination remains strong.

2) Avoid mixing “dirty” colors with “clean” and eye-catching colors: What I call dirty colors are those that have gray in their composition, which diminishes their liveliness. Look here:

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Outside the white and the black, the other colors of this room are gray, which conveys this sensation of tranquility and sophistication. It is beautiful but it is not a cheerful and cheerful room. (Photo: property architecture)

And what happens when, thinking of giving greater vivacity to this room, we insert some very lively colors? Does it work?

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In general, no! See that the color of the wall, in contrast to the added vivid colors, looks pale and “old” and, as I chose many different colors and placed them in a random way, the room has lost its sophisticated and tranquil climate and looks like a messy room, without balance – anyway, it was ugly indeed.

So how to give vivacity to a room with a “dirty” color palette? See below:

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First of all, decrease the amount of colors you will add. Here I used blue and green (cool colors) to contrast with the warm tones of the room. In second place, use dirty colors, but Clear.

Why does this work? Because you maintain the sophisticated feature and harmony with other colors and do not create too much contrast. Compare the original and the last.


It is not an absurd change, but in the 2nd. The room was brighter than the first. To give more liveliness yet, it would be necessary to change the color of the wall, which takes up a lot of space and ends up “regulating” the climate of the room, to a less gray, so that harmony was maintained.

The purpose of this series is for you, the reader, to train your eyesight so that you can more easily and safely solve your doubts about what color to use in your environment. Choosing well colors is very simple observation. I really wanted to know what you think about this post.