Making Sense of A Color Wheel Chart
Whether it’s the clothes you’re wearing, a presentation you have to give, or picking a room design, colors play a huge role in making them look good. But choosing a color scheme is not as easy as it seems.
For instance, picking a color for your room that can complement the pieces inside like the furniture and other trimmings such as curtains, carpet, or even pillows can be challenging because you’re not just dealing with a single shade.
The color wheel chart comes to the rescue because it is a crafty device that can help you find the right blend of colors for your space.
What is a Color Wheel Chart
Used by many artists, the color wheel is a crafty circular device that contains all the colors in a prism. These are then arranged in a circle, keeping the primary colors of red, yellow, blue with equal spacing from each other. They are called such because nothing can be mixed to produce them. The spaces between them are then interspersed with the secondary and tertiary colors that result from their mixing.
The secondary colors are green from mixing blue and yellow, violet from mixing blue and red, and orange from mixing red and yellow. The six tertiary colors, which result from the mixing of one primary and one secondary color are yellow-green, yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, and blue-green. All of those fall in between the colors used to get the shade.
How to Use a Paint Color Wheel
The colors inside are divided into cool and warm colors, each with its own purpose to evoke emotion. The purest colors are referred to as hues. All colors also have tint and shade. When mixed with white, the resulting color is called tint; and when mixed with black, the variation is referred to as shade. Comparing the hues on the chart help you gauge which match. Here are some basic color schemes:
- Monochromatic colors use just one hue and its varying tints.
- Complementary colors refer to any two colors on the opposite side of one another on the wheel. Because they are contrasting, use the opposing colors together when you want something to stand out.
- Split complementary colors use three shades, taking one color and matching it with two colors adjacent to its complementary shade. This scheme is perfect for newbies because you utilize contrasting colors that are difficult to mess up.
- Analogous colors are the three colors sitting exactly right next to one another on the wheel.
- Triadic colors are those shades which are equally separated in the color wheel such as red, yellow, and blue. This is even more high contrast, but more balance that the complementary scheme.
- Double complementary or tetradic colors use two sets of complementary colors, all in all using four shades.
Knowing the basic color schemes can help you come up with the perfect combination for whatever design you need to work on. Aside from tins and shades, there is also a tone which comes up when you mix the color with grey.
Now that you have a basic grasp of color theory, these concepts can give you ideas on how to make your house look better. If you need any help, contact us today to discuss your project or request a free quote.