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Combining Colors

  • Monochromatic

    If you're looking for a clean, sophisticated look, the monochromatic color scheme is for you. A monochromatic scheme is the easiest to create with subtle variations in lightness and saturation of a single color. The result is a look that's calming, organized and buttoned-down.

  • Analogous

    You might think that opposites attract, but it's the colors adjacent to each other that really offer the nuances. Pick one color as a dominant color and the other(s) to give the scheme some texture and visual interest.

  • Complementary

    If you've picked a dominant color and you're looking to create contrast, pick a color directly across the wheel for a Complementary scheme. The two colors will intensify each other for a lively, vibrant scheme.

  • Triadic

    Sometimes you're looking for visual interest and contrast, but balance is necessary to set a mood. The triadic color scheme uses three colors equally spaced around on the color wheel to achieve a harmonious blend makes a statement. It is best to make one color more dominant than the other two.

wall:
Mineral Red 6-12
pillow:
Orange Spice 8-16
pillow:
Vibrant Red 4-12

wall:
Spicy 9-16
sofa & pillow:
Manchester Red 4-17
pattern pillows:
Golden Tan 10-10

wall:
Miami Sand 13-6
wall:
Amber Green 15-21
wall:
Browned Butter 10-11

wall:
Bouillon 9-24
pillow:
Gold-in-Shadow 13-13
pillow:
Bittersweet 6-20

wall:
Butternut Leaf 15-20
sofa & pillow:
Robinhood Green 21-18
pattern pillows:
Castilian Gold 13-26

wall:
Burr 17-20
wall:
Tripoli Sand 13-27
wall:
Clover 22-20

wall:
Bleu Passe 24-27
pillow:
Swedish Blue 26-15
pillow:
Wharf Green 22-19

wall:
Monsoon 25-14
sofa & pillow:
Nocturnal Sea 23-19
pattern pillows:
Oak Glen 21-28

wall:
Cool Whisper 27-27
wall:
Gracie’s Room 28-6
wall:
Shaded Clematis 28-14

wall:
Noblesse 29-15
pillow:
Maytime Iris 31-9
pillow:
Vintage Claret 3-13

wall:
Faded Plum 31-23
sofa & pillow:
Red Mosaic 3-18
pattern pillows:
Queen’s Jubilee 29-13

wall:
Cream Rouge 4-22
wall:
Kurdistan 32-13
wall:
Vintage Claret 3-13

walls:
Red River 4-21
cabinets:
Abstract Blue 24-25

walls:
Cinnamon Mist 6-29
pillow/skirt:
Dusk Sky 27-23

walls:
Peanut Shell 10-27
sofa:
Shaded Clematis 28-14
pillows:
Golden Brown 11-14

walls:
Sunglow 15-29
cabinets:
Blue Fox 26-20

walls:
Moss Green 16-29
pillow/skirt:
Ombre 31-20

walls:
Hedgerow Mist 22-21
sofa:
Red Rhythm 4-16
pillows:
Thistle 22-18

walls:
Bayou 24-28
cabinets:
Mincemeat 5-22

walls:
Gingham Blue 27-29
pillow/skirt:
Almond Toast 7-24

walls:
Autumn Crocus 28-9
sofa:
Camel 10-20
pillows:
Blooming Iris 28-10

walls:
Delicate Tint 30-25
cabinets:
Waxen Yellow 15-26

walls:
Rosemary Flower 31-28
pillow/skirt:
Reed 18-25

walls:
Velvet Red 3-17
sofa:
Tea Leaf 19-20
pillows:
Our Classic 4-13

walls:
Earthen Trail 4-26
light pillows:
Azalea 5-12
dark pillows, band on rug:
Terra Cotta 5-14

walls:
Pumpkin Swirl 6-26
bar wall and island:
Orange Spice 8-16

walls:
Ginger Whip 10-8
bed and dark pillow:
Sicilian Umber 8-18
light pillows:
Burnished Gold 11-13

walls:
Gentle Yellow 13-31
light pillows:
Summer Sun 14-11
dark pillows, band on rug:
none

walls:
Pebblestone 13-29
bar wall and island:
Castilian Gold 13-26

walls:
Mistletoe Kiss 20-26
bed and dark pillow:
Deep Jungle 21-17
light pillows:
Malaga 22-26

walls:
Pacific 23-30
light pillows:
Oat Grass 24-24
dark pillows, band on rug:
Night Tide 22-15

walls:
Morning Star 27-3
bar wall and island:
Lovebird 27-22

walls:
Twilight Chimes 28-4
bed and dark pillow:
Parma Violet 28-16
light pillows:
Anchusa 28-11

walls:
Smoky Grape 30-23
light pillows:
Queen’s Jubilee 29-13
dark pillows, band on rug:
Oriental Night 29-14

walls:
Charisma 31-32
bar wall and island:
Amethyst 30-15

walls:
Softened Red 2-10
bed and dark pillow:
Velvet Red 3-17
light pillows:
Peachbeige 3-9

wall:
Peach Kiss 5-7
accents:
Painted Sunset 29-9
blanket:
Spring Morn 17-27

left walls:
Spicy 9-16
back wall/mirror:
Sage Brush 18-26
chairs/vases:
Purplish Gray 30-24

wall:
Caramel Tint 10-6
chairs:
Grape Hyacinth 31-24
rug:
Blue Fog 26-22

wall:
Indian Buff 13-10
accents:
Mauve Blush 3-11
blanket:
Blueberry Slush 27-28

left wall:
Northern Green 18-27
back wall/mirror:
Adobe 5-23
chairs/vases:
Shaded Climatis 28-14

wall:
Pale Ivy 21-21
chairs:
Hayseed 8-25
rug:
Heather Dusk 30-19

wall:
Aspiration 23-28
accents:
Tawny Gold 12-23
blanket:
Sweet William 30-13

left wall:
Swedish Blue 26-15
back wall/mirror:
Mission 12-31
chairs/vases:
Bryce Canyon 5-19

wall:
Blue Star 28-7
chairs:
Spring Morn 17-27
rug:
Ojibwa 5-24

wall:
Painted Sunset 29-9
accents:
Sumac 9-11
blanket:
Barberry 20-23

left wall:
Wafted Feather 30-12
back wall/mirror:
Airway 24-5
chairs/vases:
Crisp Croissant 10-23

wall:
Red Rhythm 4-16
chairs:
Rattan 12-12
rug:
Maitland Blue 26-27

Selecting the Right Color

Look at any paint department and you can see that there are hundreds and hundreds of colors to choose from. So how do you decide which colors you want to invite into your home? Many factors can impact your choice, like the lighting and architectural elements in the room, the feeling you want the room to convey, and of course your personal taste and style. This section will help you consider all these factors, so you can feel confident in your final color decisions for your home.

Pratt & Lambert Color Samples

To best understand how color will look in your home, you need to see it in place. Pratt & Lambert Quart Size Color Samples let you live with the color on your walls before you commit. Each sample covers 100 square feet so you can see how different lighting conditions and room arrangements affect color. And that means you can make your final color choice with confidence.