Anyone who has ever looked into the most basic color theory knows about the combination of red, blue and yellow. They are the primary colors, with the rest of the color wheel based on combinations of the big three. Architect Carol Richard uses a wide range of blues with dollops of red and just a touch of yellow in her Madison, Wisconsin home for a fresh take on this classic combination.
It's not the most "usual" palette for interiors but perhaps that is part of its charm - it's just unexpected enough while still being comfortable - and by shifting the intensity and saturation of the hues from the norm, it becomes fresh.
In this case, we love that the blues used cover a whole range of tones, from a pale washed out pastel to a chalky midrange robins egg to a bold royal to a deep blue-gray. The red that is introduced is a straight up classic lipstick red, bright and energizing. The small touches of yellow come in mainly through the artwork adding just a little note of the primary color family combo to the rooms.
(Images: Zane Williams via Contemporist)