What Does Analogous Color Scheme Mean?

analogous colors

Analogous color schemes are groups of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. For example, red, orange, and red-orange are analogous.

The word analogous means having analogy or corresponding to something else An analogous color scheme creates a rich, monochromatic look. It is best to have all of the colors be warm or all of the colors to be cool. The drawback to having an analogous color scheme is that it can lack contrast.

What are Analogous Color Schemes Used For?

Analogous colors are often used to create a harmonious and calm feel in home decor.

Analogous color schemes are a common occurrence in nature. For example, you can see these colors in the leaves below. Red, red-violet and purple in the first example. Red, orange-red, orange in the second example.

analogous color scheme

analogous color scheme

Rooms that have analogous color palettes feel peaceful, as long as the right balance is achieved. You can start an analogous room with choosing one of the primary colors on the color wheel — red, yellow or blue. Use the next three colors on either side as accent colors.

Red, Blue Yellow color wheel.

You Need to Create Contrast

When you choose colors so close to each other, you run the risk of having them blend into each other too much. This creates a look that can be overwhelming visually. You can use pattern and a strong focus color to create contrast. You also want to make sure each color you choose looks markedly different from each other.