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Design an Analogous Colour Scheme

January 30, 2014
Design an Analogous Colour Scheme

Analogous colour wheel colour theory

An Analogous scheme is a colour scheme made up of the colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. These colours will all work well together and can be blended in a colour scheme to make an interior that is aesthetically pleasing.

To make an Analogous colour scheme work, it is important to determine the dominant colour. Lets use Red as an example. If red is your dominant colour, than you could lean towards oranges as your secondary colours, picking red-orange, orange and yellow orange, or you could go the other way around the wheel and use red- violet and violet as your secondary colours. You may use a large red couch as your focal point in the living room with complimenting red curtains against a white wall.Then a rug, lamp, artwork and accessories may be in variations of the secondary colours to compliment the main feature of red. As always, injecting neutrals like tones of black and white will help bring the colour scheme together and harmonize the room.

Analogous colour wheel cut outs

Tips for making an Analogous colour scheme

  • Avoid going overboard with the amount of colours you use as this will cloud the overall feel of the scheme and make the concept hard to understand. A design that uses just three analogous colours (and neutrals) will work best.
  • Avoid combining warm and cool colours as they don't coincide in an analogous colour scheme well.
  • Remember to have a primary colour and keep the others as secondary accents to enhance the scheme.
  • Analogous colour schemes will not be as bright as complimentary colour schemes (which use two colours opposite each other on the colour wheel) but more soft and pleasing. Look to nature for inspiration as this is where you'll find a broad blend of Analogous colours.
  • Use of combination of colours that create the mood you want the room to have. For instance, a Blue, Blue-green and Green Analogous colour scheme creates a fresh and cool feel, perfect for a bathroom, while a Yellow, Yellow-Orange and Orange Analogous colour scheme has a lot more energy and warmth, more suited to a sun room or funky out door area.


These retro wall clocks are a fantastic example in themselves of how to pick furniture colours within an Analogous colour scheme. In each individual clock a feature colour has been selected, and then accented by complimentary shades analogous colours. Whilst they are bright feature pieces because they have remained within an analogous colour scheme the clocks are easy to place and are not overbearing.


This gorgeous painting by Canvas & Canvas is another great example of how even when mixing multiple colours in a abstract way, by staying within a similar pastel colour pattern it just works. In this stunning piece of art the colours compliment not conflict with each other creating a beautiful visual display.

colour analogous

This bold patterned lounge suite showcases how analogous colours can work together allowing for more daring and unique patterns.