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Decor Myth Busted: Follow the Color Theory

Three designers shed light on these popular home myths


Some say you need to follow color schemes based on color theory when decorating your home. Is this true or false?

Interview and Production by Tala Singson and Paula de Guzman.

Read the original article ("10 Decor Myths - Busted”) in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Myth No. 2: You need to follow color schemes based on color theory.

“Complementary, analogous, double complementary, etc. There are so many combinations of colors that can work,” says Tess Quevedo, interior designer and professor at the College of Home Economics in the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

“This is possible because materials, finishes, treatments, and decorative accessories come in a wide range of colors. It is just a matter of knowing what color shades and tints to use, and how to apply them in a room. Even theory-based color schemes only work if you know how to apply them.”


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