Sounds like you have an exciting interior design project that is mostly done and now you are in the fine-tuning stages. What you are describing is mostly a monochromatic color scheme (one color). Primarily your color is brown with brown variations in tan, cream, chocolate and beige.
So -- without seeing a thing, I can't get too specific, but I can give you additional suggestions based on the concepts you are working with. These concepts are:
- Brown monochromatic color scheme (formed with parents of red and green) accented in analogous colors.
- Monochromatic color scheme made interesting with variations in:
- 1. texture 2. color temperature 3. value.
- Great Room concept (blended living areas) where different living areas are grouped together and visible to each other.
I especially like that you've added a few accents in red and amber. Red and amber are what are called analogous colors. That means that red and yellow (the dominant parent color of amber) are next to each other on the color wheel. Because brown can be mixed with a combination of red with green, by choosing red and amber accents you've done a great job of intuitively choosing accent colors that directly relate to one of the parent colors in the brown blend.
Putting an accent wall in the dark chocolate tones of your monochromatic palette was a good choice as it's a color value variation that creates interest without breaking up your color palette.
I'm giving you a bit of a technical explanation to explain your choices, so you'll know why your intuitive decisions have worked so far.
The amber color in the kitchen is a good choice because the amber color is related to the brown (yellow being an analogous color to red, one of the parent colors of brown). Experiment with at least 3 shades of amber. Choose one that leans towards Green, one that leans towards Red and one that is very Yellow/Brown. Test them to see which looks best with your existing choices.
Send me a picture when you're done. A before and after would be great.
Note: Click here to read my article about using color, monochromatic color, and accent walls
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