Color Schemes: An Orchid-Inspired Palette

Joette Solano

Article Posted By: Joette Solano

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Color Schemes: An Orchid-Inspired Palette

There’s always one room at home that needs a little extra love. Whether it’s the guest bedroom or the bathroom downstairs, you know it’s time for an upgrade when that space has left you feeling underwhelmed.

But even if you love paint as much as we do, deciding between color schemes can leave you puzzled. If you long for colorful rooms but don’t know where to begin, bring color into your home with this orchid-inspired palette. This purple color scheme is guaranteed to enliven any room in your home.

While adding color can give your home the boost it needs, bold hues aren’t the easiest to incorporate in décor. But not to fear, we’re here to help inspire you with the perfect palette for your room.

We drew inspiration for this palette from the varying shades of pinks and purples in Phalaenopsis orchids. To make a colorful statement that’s daring and playful, start by planning a color scheme based on hues that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. Doing so allows you to create a balanced palette because analogous colors always share a common component in the color spectrum.

There’s a surprising amount of versatility with pinks and purples that we often don’t think of.

Purple meets magenta in our first two colors, Behr’s Orchid Kiss and Fuchsia Kiss. Create a sense of order to these hues by adding complimentary colors to them. Pairing purples with golden tones creates visual interest that’s pleasing to the eye.

Warm beiges or rich caramel tones are great alternatives for complimentary colors too. Try Behr’s Grand Soiree or Glidden’s Honey Beige and Aztec Gold for a stylish way to add color harmony to your space.

Color Schemes: An Orchid-Inspired Palette

There are a few ways you can add this dynamic orchid-inspired palette to your home. Use the 60-30-10 rule for an easy method. Arguably one of the most basic interior design rules, the 60-30-10 rule is a proportion used for dominant, secondary and accent colors.

Approximately 60 percent of your space should be the dominant color. If you use Orchid Kiss as the dominant color, the next 30 percent should represent a secondary, complimentary color with accent colors as the remaining 10 percent.

Another great solution is to paint your moulding or trim a deeper shade as the secondary color, while keeping 60 percent of your space dominant with a neutral color.

You can even augment these lively hues with colorful home accents like a plum ikat area rug or magenta flower wallpaper. Or start by coordinating your home around vibrant furniture pieces like purple patio chairs or a settee sofa, then add complimentary accent colors throughout.

Colorful appliances also make it easy add bold accents to a dull room. A magenta coffee maker or toaster will enliven your kitchen.

Or just add a little color to your office or living room by painting the inside of your bookcase for a simple and inexpensive update. The possibilities are endless; just use this perfect palette for a coordinated look.

Color Schemes is a series that shows you how to incorporate trending colors into your home. For more painting ideas, follow our All About Paint board on Pinterest or browse our Paint selection online.