Create a Happy New Mood With Fresh Color Combinations
Choosing two or more paint colors for a room can seem mighty challenging, but there’s a stress-free way to make the best choices. Designers depend on this all the time and so can you. It’s called the ‘Color Wheel’ and here’s how to work with it.
Find Strikingly Different Colors with Ease
Complementary colors are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. Pairings involve the three primary color combinations: red and green, yellow and violet, and blue and orange. Other pairings adjacent to the primaries (e.g., reddish-violet and yellowish-green) are also complementary. Pairings can be used in a range of intensities, from pastel to bold.
Apply a Taste of Color Variety
Analogous colors – those next to or near each other on the color wheel – provide a pleasing variation in color without the more striking difference created by complementary colors. An example would be red and orange.
Improve a Large Window View
When decorating a room with a fabulous view, it’s best not to compete with Mother Nature. Use nature-inspired neutral paint colors to frame the scene, at least on the wall with the largest windows.
Achieve Color Balance with Neutrals
Neutrals usually have undertones of yellow, green, blue or even red, which make them useful companions to other paint colors you might use in a room.
Opt for a Single Bold Accent Color
When using three or more paint colors in a room, you’ll achieve the best design balance if only one color is very bold.
How to Use the Color Wheel
The color wheel is a visual representation of the full color spectrum. There are three primary colors (red, yellow and blue), three secondary colors made from the primaries (orange, green and violet) and six tertiary colors that bridge the gaps (yellow-green, yellow-orange, orange-red, red-violet, blue-violet and green-blue). On the color wheel the colors relate to each other, blending harmoniously from one color to another and moving seamlessly between warm and cool hues. Studying these color relationships can help you choose pleasing color combinations.
The simplest combination includes tints and shades of the same color. Generally the closer to monochromatic a room is, the calmer the room will feel.
These colors lie next to each other or near each other in even steps. They’re different enough to spice up a room, but still blend well together.
Opposite each other on the color wheel, complementary colors attract attention in a somewhat bolder but pleasing way.