If you look at the diagram below, you will notice that that the color wheel is broken into 3 sections. Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. Familiarizing yourself with the color wheel and these terms will help. Now, let’s take a look at the three ways you can use a color wheel!
Complimentary colors To select complimentary colors, you are going to use the old adage “Opposites Attract”. Pick a color on the color wheel then draw a straight line across the color wheel. These two colors are complimentary even though they are basically exact opposites. Remember, you don’t have to distribute equal color around the room. You can select an accent wall for one of the colors, or simply add artwork or furniture that matches!
Analogous colors This is when you choose a color on the color wheel that is next to the color you are choosing. If we choose yellow the analogous colors would be yellow-green and yellow-orange. This type of color choice is great when you don’t want to match the exact color or if you want to use your furniture or accessories to create the dramatic colors in the room highlighting your walls. Quite often neutrals are used when highlighting the main color feature of your walls such as white, off whites, grays, and browns, or even black.
TriaD COlours First, choose a color on the color wheel then draw an equilateral triangle to find the two other colors. You will notice that each color has 3 colors between them to form the triangle. Let’s choose violet, the other two colors will be orange and green. These colors would be the secondary colors. The approach organizes the colors in terms of purity but can be a little more difficult to work with. You also don’t need to choose all the colors available, just keep their relationship in the back of your mind!
Regardless of what you decide, as long as your home represents you, it is going to look great!
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