We talked about colours that give life and character to a room - Complementary colours.  But what if you have a small space?  Or need a colour scheme that is more relaxing?  Then you need to look at colours or hues that sit beside each other on the colour wheel.  This colour scheme is called Analogous or Adjacent.  

Analagous colour schemes are best used in spaces where you want to inject colour but keep it relaxing too.  For example:
- a den where the family retreats to watch TV, play games and also read
- a child's bedroom where it should be lively and reflect their unique personality but  also a place for them to sleep
- a dining room where you celebrate birthdays and also have candlelight "adult" dinners :)

Analagous colour schemes are also very appropriate for small spaces.  Again, this colour scheme injects colour without overwhelming the space.  In a small space you never want to purposefully break up the area with colour - this makes it appear smaller.  Instead choose hues that lay beside one another on the colour wheel to maintain flow. 
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BLUE, GREEN AND YELLOW
Notice how tranquil this child's room looks - yet there is enough colour to make it interesting.
Also, it is very easy to create unisex spaces with Analogous colour schemes.  So if you are expecting a baby and do not know the sex of your child - try this scheme.  Or... if you are having a "difference of opinion" with you significant other over a space feeling too feminine or masculine this scheme might help you compromise.

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BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW
Another example - this time in the living room.  Not just "neutral"...  there is colour without being over done.  You could relax and read in this space.

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PURPLE, RED and ORANGE
Great outdoor space that is lively, yet relaxing.  I would love to throw a party here! I would also enjoy turning down the lights and enjoying the tranquility or snuggling with my loved one ;)

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PINK, PURPLE, BLUE
Personality, personality, personality... yet - relaxing.  Imagine this room at night with the lights turned down!!!  Beautiful.