Triadic Colour Schemes in Interior Design and Décor

By | August 12, 2014

This is the seventh part of a post series on color schemes in interior design and décor. Part six was about split complementary color schemes.

As we’ve discussed in earlier posts, different color schemes are based on different combinations of colors in the color wheel. Here’s a summarized image that we have used previous articles to illustrate the variations.



What is a Triadic Colour Scheme in Interior Design and Décor?

Triadic color schemes in are created by using three colors that are equally spaced from each other on the famous color wheel. The idea probably sounds familiar because we have already discussed two triadic color schemes:

  • Primary colors – these are red, yellow and blue, and equidistant from one another on the color wheel,
  • Secondary – these are orange, green and violet, created by combining two primary colors, hence these too, are at equal distances from one another. (Read about primary and secondary colors, and the effect they have on your home’s decor).

To create a harmonious effect in your home’s decor, you should lower the intensity and values of triadic colors to avoid a cluttered look. If you feel it is not possible to reduce the values and intensities of all three colors, then consider doing so for at least one color, to tone down the overall effect.

Apart from the ones mentioned above (as primary and secondary colors) you can form a triadic color scheme based on lots of combinations, such as red-orange, blue-violet and yellow-green.

Creating a Triadic Color Scheme in Your Home’s Interior



The triadic color scheme in this picture shows a lively interior that relies on different values and intensities of the primary colors, red, yellow and blue.  The color yellow has been used to its full intensity (a little too full, for my taste, but perhaps not others) in the walls, and a slightly less bold shade has been chosen for the chair upholstery. Notice that the color blue seen in the upholstery and carpet has been toned down to reduce the sharp contrast that would have resulted is the color was used at its full intensity.

Lastly, light traces of the color red are seen as accessories, to add a bit of softness to the overall room’s impression. Overall, the three colors have been blended well to create a cheerful setting.

The next article talks about neutral color schemes in interior decor and design. Browse through more articles on colors in interior design and decor or sift through different articles about interior design.

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