Great Paint Color Schemes- Do a Diad

Great Paint Color Schemes- Do a Diad

People often struggle with creating a great color scheme.   In my last few blog articles we have discussed how you could take your favorite color, blue for example and create different color schemes. We explored monochromatic, analogous and complimentary schemes. Today, lets look at Diad!

A diadic or diad color scheme uses two colors that are separated by one color on the color wheel.

So, let’s create a Diad color scheme with the blue we have been working with in the last several articles. You can see the blue in the sofas. To catch up on these other color schemes see my articles Celebrate Your Favorite Color- Go Monochromatic and Create a Harmonious Color Scheme- Go Analogous,  Opposite Colors Attract, Go Complimentary.

Celebrate your favorite color- go monochromatic! Edesign by NOrthern Lights Home Staging and Design
Monochromatic Color Scheme
Analogous Color Scheme
Complimentary Color Scheme Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Complimentary Color Scheme
Complimentary Color Scheme Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Complimentary Color Scheme

To create a diad with our blue (which is a blue/purple), we will add  blue-greens. We could always go the other direction and work with red/purple. We will try that in a future article.

Diad by Camp Chroma
A Diad- Created by Camp Chroma- The Best Color Training Ever.

The Design

With a diad, you are only using 2 hues, but you have a large variety of tints, tones and shades to play with. You can get dramatic or keep it simple based on the colors you choose, and highlight textures and patterns.

Below you can see the same design using various shades of blue/green paint and then “white flour”. The design is more dramatic with saturated wall colors and more relaxed with a neutral wall color.

Edesign using a Diad color scheme by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Dark and dramatic diad color scheme. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
Edesign using a Diad color scheme by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Dark and dramatic diad color scheme. Edesign and fractal art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
Edesign using a Diad color scheme by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Light and airy diad color scheme. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
Edesign using a Diad color scheme by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Neautral and serene diad color scheme. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Shop the Look

Check out  the pieces I selected for this design. Some include affiliate links, meaning I receive a small commission for sharing at no additional cost to you.

I selected pieces of various materials with different textures and patterns within the 2 hue families. The design includes my own original fractal art, called “Night Dive”. I called it that because it reminded me of what it looks like underwater when diving at night, and the magical colors and textures of the water. 

Benefits of A Diad Color Scheme

  • A diad color scheme is relatively easy to put together. Pick your favorite color and find it’s neighbor, skipping one hue family on the color wheel. 
  • Diad color schemes can be really dramatic or relaxing based on the saturation and placement of the colors you choose. Very nice for living rooms, dining rooms and areas that you like to entertain. You could try the more relaxing color combinations in a bedroom, especially if you are using blues and greens.
  •  Diads are simpler color schemes, similar to analogous schemes that offer opportunities to highlight more texture and pattern in your design.

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Mary Ann Benoit

President- Northern Lights Home Staging and Design Owner- Arctic Paradise Bed and Breakfast Artist- Stained Glass, Jewelry and Alcohol Ink Art Wildlife Biologist Director- Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company Director- Tavus Dance Company of Alaska Lover of music, art, dance and animals.

10 thoughts on “Great Paint Color Schemes- Do a Diad”

  1. I love all of your examples that make it easy for clients to understand what an important role color plays in creating a room!

  2. This is wonderful, Mary Ann. I know there were 2 schemes that I was totally drawn to (light & airy and neutral & serene) but I can see some of my clients being drawn to the others.

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