It was a beautiful day to redecorate my living room. I woke up at 6 am to get my girls ready for swimming class. I climbed up the stairs to their bedroom which was beside my own. Funny enough they were already awake and well prepared.

I got them out of the door and in the car. The plan was to get the girls and the husband out of the house long enough to transform the house. I had visited a SandtexPaints Experience Centre some time ago. While there, I received some tips from a representative about decorating one’s house.

The wonderful representative told me about the three different colour schemes for interior decorating. She first explained something called a colour wheel. A colour wheel is a wheel that contains the three primary colours (Red, yellow and blue), the secondary colours (Orange, purple and green) and the tertiary colours (Colours which are acquired when you combine primary colours with secondary colours). There are three colour schemes and they are:

An Analogous Colour Scheme

An Analogous Colour Scheme is one of the colour schemes that apply three colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel.

If you use this colour scheme, proportion is important to ensure that your space feels balanced.

Let the colour scheme be shared in 60, 30 and 10 % proportions. However you can still use this colour scheme if you choose to go with an overall neutral colour for your room.


A Complementary Colour Scheme

A Complementary Colour Scheme is one of the colour schemes that applies two colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel.

One colour acts as a dominant colour being very prominent in a room while the other acts as an accent manifesting itself in the pillows and artwork.


These two colours that are contrasting bring a lot of energy to your room, so use them in small doses or add neutral colours to them.

This scheme is the simplest as it only employs the use of two colours.

A Monochromatic Colour Scheme

A Monochromatic Colour Scheme is the only one of the colour schemes to use tints, tones and shades within the same hue or colour family.

Tints are the colours you get when you apply white to a pure colour.

Tones are the colours you get when you apply black and white to a pure colour.

Shades are the colours you get when you apply black to a pure colour.

It is a colour scheme that works with tints, tones and shades of a specific colour like blue or red.


Out of the three colour schemes I chose to go with the analogous colour scheme for my living room focusing on the colour Green (60 %), blue green and yellow green (30 & 10 %).  My husband didn’t mind this colour scheme as he also liked green. Together we bought new green coloured chairs with yellow green cushions and paintings. In addition to buying the furniture and artwork, we also bought a blue green carpet for the floor.


The company from whence we bought the new furniture delivered them and placed them according to my preference. This happened while my husband and daughters were away swimming. The living room looked amazing. Already I was thinking about what I was going to do for the other rooms. I waited for my husband and the kids to get back. When they saw the transformation, they were so excited. My husband took out his phone and started taking pictures. These pictures found their way on social media and generated a lot of attention.


That’s my Sandtex story.









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