Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Color Wheel

Every color bears some type of of relationship to all other colors. Take a look at the illustration on this page. It is called a "color wheel." By becoming famil­iar with the color wheel, you will have a better under­standing of the relationship between colors. More important, you will be better able to select combina­tions of colors that will look great on your home.
Working with the color wheel, you can advise almost limitless number of attractive decorating schemes. But most successful color combinations will fall into one of the following categories:
· Monochromatic. This color scheme employs only one basic color, but in several different values. An example would be a home exterior with light blue siding and dark blue shutters and trim.
· Adjacent. This system combines two or more colors that are located next to each other on the color wheel - blue, blue-violet and blue-green, for example.
To get the best results with this system, try to select colors that do not have the same value and intensity,
· Complementary. This type of scheme uses colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, such as red and green, or yellow and violet. If you choose this system, you might want to select a subtle color and dominant color, to prevent from clashing.
· Triadic. A triadic scheme employs three colors that are equidistant on the color wheel- as example, yellow-orange, blue-green and red-violet. For best results, you should choose one dominant color and use other two as subtle accents colors.

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Resource from A Step-by-Step Guide How to Paint. Paint & Decorating Retailers Association.

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