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Your Guide to Color Schemes Part 2

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At Mark's Paint Store, we are proud to say that we are unlike any other paint store you will find. We have not only put together a huge selection of the very best products, like Modern Master's paint, but we also want to help you to get the very best results. Our experts know that, in order to get the kind of results that you want, it can really help if you have a basic understanding of the different color schemes. In our last blog, we talked about monochromatic, complementary and analogous color schemes. The following is a list of the last few traditional color schemes:

Split Complementary

As a variation of the complementary color scheme, a split complementary color scheme utilizes one main color, plus two colors that are adjacent to the main color's complement (opposite color on the color wheel). For example, blue is the main color and red-orange and yellow-orange are the other two colors you would choose. This creates an effect similar to a complementary color scheme, but with less intensity. 


A triadic color scheme is made up of three colors that are equal distance from one another on the color wheel. Blue, yellow and red are triadic colors. For best results with this scheme, choose one main color and use the other two for accents.

Double Complementary (Tetradic)

The double complementary is the most complicated color scheme because two pairs of complementary colors are used to create it. This scheme can be incredibly difficult to harmonize, especially if you try to use all four hues in equal amounts. Create more balance by choosing a single dominant color and use the other colors more subtly.