Monday, September 12

What’s With Color? The Long Version Part 1: How to know what color to use in a room. The Color Wheel.

You first need to know a little about color theory and the color wheel, examples of different color schemes, and how to find the right color scheme for your room. At the bottom of this post I have  examples of the color wheel.

Color is the foundation of decorating and is the most important component in decorating a room. Color is subjective. Choose colors that you and your family like. You must consider all colors used in the room and the relationship they have to each other.

The color wheel can help you imagine how the various colors will look together and how color schemes can be developed. In basic terms, the primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. They are the source of all other colors. Primary colors are pure color. Every hue contains at least a touch of the primary color.

Secondary colors are green, orange, and violet. They are a mixture of two equal parts from primary colors, green comes from blue and yellow, orange from yellow and red, and violet from red and blue. They aren’t as intense as the primaries.

Complementary colors are colors that lie opposite each other on the color wheel. Red and green, blue and orange, yellow and violet are complementary colors. They complement each other.

These three terms, primary, secondary, and complementary colors are the fundamental terms of the color wheel. There are many more but for now this is enough to get started on understanding color schemes.


Primary Colors copy      Secondary Colors copy

Complementary Colors copy

Remember to have fun when you are playing with color!

In the next post we’ll talk about color schemes via the color wheel.

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