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Understanding analogous colour schemes

Living room gallery wall with analogous colour scheme featuring walls and ceiling painted in Lick paint Red 03 and Red 01

WordsMegan Lambert


When it comes to the analogous colour scheme, three is most definitely the magic number. This colour grouping is a selection of shades, tints, and tones that sit next (or very close) to one another on the colour wheel.

Think of it as three best friends that won't be separated. Green, who sits next to turquoise, who sits next to blue. They get along famously. They look great together. Now, who can argue with that?

It's a great choice if you want to create a natural feel and a sense of flow. That's why we're sharing some of our favourite analogous colour schemes to assist you with your decor decision making and help you find your perfect paint colour palette.

How to choose an analogous colour scheme

Lick paint interior trends - analogous colour wheels

For starters, it's simple. This unifying scheme creates a sense of balance that’s easy on the eye and easy to work with. You don't have to worry about anything clashing as with some complementary colour schemes. The secret ingredient is a 60:30:10 ratio. 

This means using the colours with the highest saturation in smaller proportions (so 10%) and the less vibrant ones more liberally (30% and 60%). For example, choose more highly saturated colours like Blue 111 or Green 07 as accent colours in furnishings or artwork, whilst opting for a softer colour, like Blue 04 on the walls. You don't have to use it as a scientific formula, but it's a great guideline.

Still not sure where to start? Well, here are some analogous colour schemes to get you started:

Green to blue analogous colour scheme

A green to blue analogous colour scheme speaks of nature, of the sky and the ocean. Creating an instantly tranquil feel, with the richness of Blue 111 and Green 07, adding an air of vibrance. 

Blue 111, Blue 05, Blue 04, Green 08, Green 07

Lick paint analogous colour pallet, Blue 111, Blue 05, Blue 04, Green 08 and Green 07

Purple to blue analogous colour scheme

This serene colour palette travels across the colour wheel's tones, tints, and shades from purple to mauve and onto blue, creating a cool and calming feel. One that would work well in a south-facing room.

Dark Purple 03 paint, Purple 01, Blue 04, Blue 05, dusky Blue 10 paint