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COLOUR THEORY FOR DESIGN Decorating relies heavily on colour and a basic knowledge of colour theory because some colours go well together while others simply don't. Knowing about colour theory can help you choose colours to incorporate into your design. The colour wheel includes every colour imaginable but they all fall into a few simple categories: primary, secondary and tertiary colours. The primary colours are red, blue and yellow. From there, mixed in equal parts you create secondary colours. Mix a primary and a secondary, or two secondary colours and you have tertiary colours. Download a colour wheel and then follow these colour schemes for your next design project: Monochromatic: Using the same colour, in various shades, throughout a room. Adding black or white to the main colour will create various shades. It's a difficult look to pull off, but does look fabulous when done correctly. Analogous: Using colours found beside each other on the colour wheel, for instance purple, blue and green. One colour should be used as a base colour with accents appearing in the analogous hues. This is a common design trend and you'll find it easy to design around once you determine your colours. Complementary: Colours found on opposing sides of the colour wheel are used in this design scheme. For instance, blue and orange or green and purple. The complementing colours should be used equally to create the most pleasing design. Triadic: Three colours that are found evenly spaced out on the colour wheel are used in a triadic colour scheme. Blue, pink and orange or yellow, blue and red are some examples. Again, choose a main colour and accent with the others to create a vividly coloured room. If you are looking for a natural way to repel insects in and around your garden this summer, consider planting lemongrass. It's an ornamental plant that thrives in warm and humid areas. It grows tall (three to five feet) and will spread throughout a garden if left to do so. Because it is native to Sri Lanka and India, lemongrass likes lots of light, heat and moisture. Plant it in pots around your deck, along the side of your yard or throughout your garden to ward off mosquitoes and other outdoor pests. The strong fragrance from the lemongrass is what deters the insects, but note the plant itself is also mildly toxic to animals so be sure to keep pets away from it where possible. Humans are perfectly safe eating lemongrass, so feel free to harvest it and steep it for tea or use it to add flavour to your favourite dish. ADD LEMONGRASS TO YOUR GARDEN TO REPEL INSECTS


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