Color Theory 101: Analogous, Complementary and the 60-30-10 Rule

Interior designers and color experts share tips for harnessing the transformative power of paint to create interiors that are balanced, sophisticated and livable.

  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends


All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.


Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail


A link to %this page% was e-mailed

+ Enlarge Photo
Shrink Photo
Orange and White Fireplace
Featured Products in This Gallery

Analogous Colors

Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel. This room featuring a bright orange fireplace and yellow walls is a perfect example. These neighboring colors create a striking contrast when used side by side in an interior. Image courtesy of Maria Killam, photographer: Anna Beaudry


Please forgive us, this gallery is really popular.

We sent a note to our support staff about the glitch you just experienced. Please click the button below to reload your content.

More From Paint Guide: Interior painting tips, tools and tricks

8 Classic Color Combos

8 Classic Color Combos

The color experts at share tips for selecting a color palette that will stand the test of time.

(8 photos)
Paint Guide: Paint Techniques

Paint Guide: Paint Techniques

Paint Guide: Paint Techniques

(5 videos)
Painting Dos and Don'ts

Painting Dos and Don'ts

The experts at share helpful tips and tricks for your next painting project.

HGTV Inspiration Newsletter

Create your unique, personal style with advice and inspiration from HGTV.