Tips and Guides

6 Things You Need To Know About Color Combinations

Read this before choosing paint colors and buying furniture


Coming up with a color scheme is exciting—it's probably one of the things you look forward to when painting and furnishing a room. But colors aren’t only seen on walls—they are present in all elements in the room, like your furniture and accessories. Therefore, their colors must all work well together.

Before you do that, get to know the color wheel a little bit more. Let's take a deeper look at each of the hues in the color wheel:

1. A hue is a pure color, excluding black and white.

2. Tints are pure colors mixed with white.

3. Tones are pure colors mixed with gray.

4. Shades are pure colors mixed with black. 

Based on this, you can see which colors work well with what. Aside from complementary colors (colors that are opposite the color wheel), here are other colors that go well together:

5. Analogous Colors

These are three hues that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, like green, yellow green, and yellow and yellow orange, yellow and green. 

6. Monochromatic

When a single hue is combined with its shades and tints, you get monochromatic colors. In this living room, different shades and tints of brown are combined with some whites thrown in. 

Read the original article in Real Home Ideas 4:The Color Book. Download your digital copy on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details. 

PHOTOS: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions | Albert Labrador 

More on

5 Color Wheel Basics That You Need To Know

How Do You Choose the Right Color Scheme for Your Space?

6 Fresh Color Combos for Your Home


Latest Stories

There's An Affordable Way To Keep Your Home Smelling Good 24/7

Say no to artificial fragrances with this three-step hack

A KonMari Reality Show Is Coming To Netflix

Will de-cluttering diva Marie Kondo's new show spark joy?

You Only Need P5,000 To Work On These Home Improvement Projects

The best part? These can increase the value of your space, too.

What's Inside The Vatican Walls?

Aside from having one of the largest collections of art in the world, the Vatican holds many other treasures

Meet The Architect Behind This Industrial-Pinoy Home

Inspired by the Bahay Kubo, this architect worked with industrial details and affordable building materials to create an inviting space

Is It Possible to Paint Over Tiles?

No one likes the sight of lackluster tiles. Know what to do with these tips from an interior designer.

A Sneak Peek at the New Clark City

A Singaporean consulting firm has been tapped for the development project

You Can Use Wallpaper On The Ceiling, Too

Talk about having a one-of-a-kind accent in your space

Rockwell's Glasshouse Is The Chicest Restaurant Out There

Fashion retailer Harlan + Holden's response to the global trend of lifestyle dining is this airy and beautiful restaurant

6 Ways Wallpaper Can Enhance A Very Small Room

Wallpaper isn't just for huge, sprawling homes—the colors and patterns of this wall finish can visually enlarge a tiny space

Divisoria Home Finds You Can Buy For P500 or Less

Shop ‘til you drop at this bargain hotspot

Practical Tips For Collecting Art From An Art Gallery Owner

You don't have to spend a fortune to have a sizable collection
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!