Using The Color Wheel

Color Wheel

Monochromatic - Color schemes that use tints and shades of the same color.

The effects of a monochromatic color scheme can be subtle and subdued when using soft color, or dramatic and daring when opting for a rich hue.

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Complementary - Includes two different colors that are opposite eachother on the color wheel.

Opposites attract, so it's not suprising that complementary colors are pleasing to the eye. Complementary colors enhance eachothers temperature, adding interest and energy to the decor.

Many sports teams use complementary color schemes. (Orange/Blue-Florida Gators; Yellow/Purple-LA Lakers)

Looking at the color wheel above, yellow and purple are directly across from eachother, making them complementary.

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Analogous - Uses consecutive colors on the color wheel.

Create a pleasing palette by using one color more prominently than the other two.

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Triad - Includes any three colors equally spaced on the color wheel. 

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How Colors Affect Other Colors

Colors that surround a given color affect how we perceive that color. An off-white wall can appear pink when paired with a vibrant red carpet. Compllementary colors, such as red and green, enhance eachothers color quality. Two squares of the identical shade of gray will appear to differ from one another when one is placed against a white background and the other against a black. Be sure to consider not only your surroundings, but also your furnishings. Each color bounces off eachother affecting the final look and feel of the space.

All About Color

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