One of the most important aspects of decoration is the combination of colors that will be used in the environment. After all, the colors are directly related to the style and personality of the room, in addition to influencing the sensations transmitted through the decoration. That’s why choosing the right color combination is essential to having your dream home. But do you know how to make the right choice?

Do not fool yourself. Choosing a suitable color combination is not just about common sense. There are some techniques, which are already used by interior design professionals that can help you define the tones that will guide the room’s decoration. That’s why we’ve prepared this article, with tips and practical examples to help you understand this process.

Color matching guide

Fortunately, nowadays, knowledge about color matching is no longer exclusive to professionals in the field of decoration, fashion, makeup, among other specialties who need to apply this knowledge in their work. Of course, these professionals study for years and have experience and advanced knowledge about color matching – that’s why their work is still necessary for those who want a harmonious and quality result.

However, you can use the base of this technical knowledge to guide the choice of colors for your home. And the easiest way to understand this basis is through the study of the color wheel, which presents the secret to all these combinations. In this article, we’ve already introduced you to how this tool can be useful for choosing ink colors. However, the color wheel can be used to choose all the elements of the decoration, not just the paints.

With that in mind, in the next topics you will finally understand how to use the color wheel in decoration.

Understand the Color Circle

The chromatic circle is a tool that consists, as its name indicates, in the representation of colors that can be perceived by human beings. It is made up of 12 parts, three of which represent the primary colors, another three are the secondary ones, and the rest are the tertiary colors.

The primary colors, which give rise to all other colors, are blue, yellow and red, while secondary colors are formed from a mixture of primary colors, and tertiary colors are the result of a mixture between primary and secondary colors.

From the colors present in the chromatic circle, it is possible to create various harmonic and interesting combinations. Remember that the more mixture there is in your composition, the less saturated, that is, the lighter this color will be. However, the less color mix, the more saturated, that is, the stronger the color. In addition, you can even add black and white to these shades, in order to produce darker or lighter tones.

Thus, the figure appears that allows the study and harmonization of colors, in addition to the classification that can be useful to help you think of the most appropriate combination and which will serve as a basis for choosing all the decorative elements in the house. For this, it is essential that you know the possible color combinations from this tool. And that’s what we’re going to talk about in the next topics.

Image 1: Meet the full color circle.

Color combination with chromatic circle.

Monochromatic color combination

The combination of monochromatic colors is used in elegant environments and full of personality. After all, you only use one color in the entire decor. In order not to leave the environment too charged, the ideal is to invest in objects that have different saturations of the same color, lighter or darker, to create an interesting and striking contrast in the decoration. In this case, you can also invest in decorative elements in neutral tones, such as gray, black and white to soften the predominance of color in the space.

Image 2: Chromatic circle highlighting tone-on-tone colors.

Color combination with monochrome color circle.

Image 3: Use different shades of green in the decoration.

Color combination with shades of green in the room.

Image 4: But you can also invest in shades of olive green.

Color combination in shades of olive green in the room.

Image 5: The monochromatic pink decor can make your room more modern.

Modern room decorated with pink color combination.

Image 6: In addition, you can compose a decoration in shades of blue for your bathroom.

Modern bathroom with blue color combination.

Analogous color combination

Analogous colors are the result of the combination between a primary color and the neighboring colors within the chromatic circle, that is, they are those that are close to each other. In this case, one of the colors will predominate, while the others will complement the decoration. However, it is necessary to be careful not to use too many colors in this decoration and leave the environment too charged. Also, remember to avoid mixing warm and cold colors as this can create an unbalanced decor. Red and purple, for example, are analogous to pink in that they are close together on the color wheel.

Image 7: Example of analogous colors in the color wheel.

Chromatic circle with analogous color combination.

Image 8: Use blue and green in your dining room decor.

Dining room with analogous blue and green color combination.

Image 9: But you can also use pink and red to decorate your room.

Small room decorated with analogous color combination.

Image 10: Also, it is possible to use yellow and brown as analogous colors to decorate your tumbler room.

Tumblr bedroom with analogous color combination.

Image 11: The room decorated with similar colors in pastel tones makes the environment lighter and cozier.

Living room and kitchen with light analogous color combination.

Complementary color combination

The combination of complementary colors is ideal for those who like the effect produced by contrasts. After all, it is the result of combining opposite colors in the chromatic circle. Therefore, in this case, it is free to use hot and cold colors in the same environment. Also, as it is a very striking combination, it is important to choose one color to stand out and the others just to compose the details.

Realize that this is the right combination for those who want to create a look with personality, high contrast and flashy. The challenge, in this case, is to find a balance so as not to leave the decoration burdened and uncomfortable. Purple and yellow, orange and blue, and red and green are examples of complementary combinations.

Image 12: Scheme showing the complementary colors within the color wheel.

Chromatic circle with complementary color combination.

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Image 13: The combination of elements with yellow and purple colors makes this kitchen more modern.

Modern kitchen with purple and yellow color combination.

Image 14: However, the contrast between pink and blue can also create an amazing decor!

Dining room with azl and pink color combination.

Image 15: However, if you want a modern and personalized room, you can invest in purple and yellow.

Modern room with lilac and yellow color combination.

Image 16: The kitchen with blue cabinets and orange niches draws attention for its vibrant coloring.

Modern open kitchen with blue and orange color combination.

Triad color combination

Also called split colors, the triad color combination is based on three colors, one primary and two secondary, which are diametrically opposite on the color wheel, providing a high-contrast effect, but without losing balance and harmony. This way, the decoration gains a more vivid and eye-catching effect, even if you use lighter tones in your decoration.

Image 17: Explanatory scheme of the triad colors.

Chromatic circle with triad color combination.

Image 18: An environment decorated with triad colors draws attention to its striking tones and its modernity.

Modern room with triad color combination.

Image 19: But you can still choose a color combination between green, orange and pink.

Modern room with pink and green triad color combination.

Image 20: This dining room was made more modern with furniture and decorative elements in pink, blue and green.

Dining room with triad color combination.

Image 21: You can also use objects and furniture with softer colors for your composition.

Room in neutral tones with a triad color combination.

Four color combination

The four-color combination is formed by joining a primary color, two complementary colors and an additional color, used to highlight the others. The result is a decor full of personality and life, but without too much contrast and therefore less flashy.

Image 22: Example of four color combination in the color wheel.

Chromatic circle with square color combination.

Image 23: It is possible to create a beautiful and modern decoration, using elements with different shades in the same space.

Modern room with square color combination.

Image 24: Colorful furniture and colored wall can also compose a balanced decoration.

Modern and colorful room with square color combination.

Image 25: However, you can opt for a room with an orange wall, which is a warm color, with furniture in cooler shades.

Simple and colorful room with square color combination.

Image 26: In addition, it is possible to use the soft color combination in the single bedroom.

Single bedroom with light color combination.

Color combination for each room

Now that you understand how to use the color wheel in decoration, let’s introduce you to the most used color combinations in each room. That way, you’ll have more examples to inspire you to decide which color palette is right for your decor.

Living room

In general, people prefer a more neutral color palette for the room, as neutral tones can be used to create both simple and luxurious environments. However, if you want to give a color torque to the environment, you can invest in furniture and colorful objects, and opt for the rest of the more discreet decoration. However, if you prefer a bolder decoration, you can invest in different colors, such as blue, green, yellow, pink, blue and purple.

Image 27: Bet on the combination of neutral colors to create a luxurious look.

Luxurious room in neutral tones.

Image 28: But you can also invest in the monochromatic room.

Purple luxury room.

Image 29: In this case, strong colors were used only in furniture and decorative items.

Elegant room with green decor.

Image 30: The combination of gray and pink creates a beautiful and cozy look in your room.

Tumblr room with gray and pink decor.

Image 31: However, if you prefer a more discreet decoration, you can only invest in colored pillows.

Neutral modern room with pink pillow.


The kitchen in neutral tones can present an elegant and modern look. However, to create a personalized decoration, it is worth investing in combinations with yellow, blue, and red, pink, brown, among other shades. Also, you can mix them with black and white or combine them with other colors.

Image 32: Invest in complementary color furniture and decorative items.

Kitchen with modern island with orange niche.

Image 34: But you can also bet on the minimalist black and white kitchen.

Black and white minimalist kitchen.

Image 35: However, you can still create a delicate decor using complementary colors in lighter shades.

Light pink romantic kitchen.

Image 36: You can also use green and orange on your gourmet balcony.

Gourmet balcony with colorful countertops.

Image 37: For those who like a bolder look, it’s worth investing in triad color decoration, creating a modern environment.

Modern kitchen with yellow cabinet.


Usually neglected in decorations, the bathroom is also a space that deserves a nice and pleasant decoration. In this environment, the use of colors usually occurs through tiles, tiles, paints, porcelain, among other types of coatings, in addition to stones and decorative objects. In this case, primary and complementary colors are often used in association with white or black. However, in modern bathrooms it is also possible to opt for more striking combinations, which use different colors.

Image 38: Neutral colors can also create luxurious bathrooms.

Luxurious bathroom with neutral tones.

Image 39: But you can also use the contrast between colored ceramic and marble cladding to create a modern decor.

Modern bathroom with marble flooring and round mirror.

Image 40: However, you can also create a stylish look by using neutral colors in your bathroom.

Luxury bathroom with slate finish.

Image 41: But you can still choose to combine complementary colors with pink and green for your decor.

Bathroom with pink trim and green tub.

Image 42: You can also use yellow to create a balanced and lively look.

Bathroom with yellow tile.


Being a very personal and intimate space, the room is an environment full of personality. Therefore, the color combination for the room depends a lot on the age of the user of the room, the style of decoration and the size of the space. It is possible to see examples of decoration with various combinations, from neutral tones to colorful or monochromatic environments.

Image 43: The contrast between shades of pink, blue and brown creates an amazing look in this room.

Women's bedroom with pink upholstered headboard.

Image 44: But you can also bet on the contrast between yellow and blue.

Blue and yellow double bedroom.

Image 45: Monochromatic decor with different shades of purple can create a stylish and comfortable decor.

Room with lilac and purple decor.

Image 46: However, you can also create a beautiful look using blue and white.

Room with blue and white decor.

Image 47: A decor with different shades of green can make the look more modern.

Room with green decor.

Image 48: Bet on earthy tones to create a feminine room with personality.

Tumblr feminine bedroom with decor in earth tones.

Image 49: You can also use shades of green and gray to create luxurious decor.

White and green luxury bedroom.

Image 50: In addition, the pink monochrome decoration can make the look more delicate and cozy.

Pink luxurious female bedroom.

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