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Interior Design 1

Color Schemes
In groups students will explore different color schemes, put
together a sample board using their assigned color scheme and
will then present their sample boards to the class.

90 minutes

Teaching Materials



Paint chips

Colored pencils


Standard 4: Identify the terms associated with the color wheel and
the major color schemes.

8 Boards

Glue sticks

Objective 4: Identify, create or present visual examples of major

color schemes.



A. The major color schemes are: monochromatic,

analogous/adjacent, neutral, accented neutral, achromatic,
direct complement, split complement, and triad.

B. Texture, artificial lighting, and natural lighting affect color.

Introduction/Set Induction (5 minutes):

Quick Write in journal:



Internet access


What is your favorite room in your house? What are the colors in
that room? Why do you like that room?

Transition (15 minutes):

We are going to learn about color schemes today. Color scheme
powerpoint will be presented.

Lesson Body (63 minutes)

Group Investigation
Students will be separated into 8 groups and each group will be given a color scheme to focus on. The 8
groups will be: monochromatic, analogous/adjacent, neutral, accented neutral, achromatic, direct
complement, split complement, and triad. Each group will need to create a presentation board (poster)
showing their assigned color scheme. Their board needs to include a color scheme (and its definition) for a

Color Scheme

specific room as well as items they would include in the room. PHASE 1: Students identify topic (5
Students will be given a variety of resources to create their boards. They will have boards, paint chips,
magazines, websites, etc. Students will then have time to create their boards. PHASE 2: Each team
decides what resources they will need to carry out their investigation, PHASE 3: Groups gather
information from a variety of sources, PHASE 4: Groups prepare final report (38 minutes)
Each group will present their board, showing the class what they have created. PHASE 5: The class meets
all together and presents their findings to one another (20 minutes)

Transition (2 minutes):
Everyone turn in your sample board and return to your desks.

Summary/Closure (5 minutes):
Alright lets quickly go over each color scheme.
Monochromatic: uses tints, tones, and shades of one color
Analogous/adjacent: using 3-5 colors directly next to each other on the color wheel
Neutral: using browns or metallics such as gold, silver, and bronze
Accented neutral: uses a neutral with only one accent of color
Achromatic: using black, white, and/or gray
Direct Complement: using colors directly across from each other on the color wheel
Split Complement: using a hue and the two colors directly next to its complement
Triad: using 3 colors equidistant on the color wheel

Students will be assessed according to their participation in the group work and each group will be graded
according to the sample board rubric.

Color Scheme