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Color Wheel Theory:
Analogous Color Scheme uses colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. Some examples are green, light green, and yellow or red, orange and yellow.
|Complementary Color Scheme are colors which are opposite each other on the color wheel, such as blue and orange, red and green, purple and yellow. These|
colors, when used side by side, make each other appear brighter.
|Triadic color scheme makes use of three colors that are equal distance apart on the color wheel, such as red, yellow and blue or using secondary colors yellow-green, blue-violet, and red-orange.|
How to use the color wheel practically
To make practical use of the color wheel all you need is to a picture of it. Alternatively you could download specialized software from internet which shows you multiple color combinations.
Now, if you have white painted walls and are confused which color curtains and sofa set would best complement each other, simply make use of any of the four above color schemes discussed above. You may have to use your creativity a bit. The color wheel can be broken down into many sub colors. So if you think brown curtains would do fine, you will have to fine tune which sub shade of brown would do best.
“I cannot pretend to feel impartial about
colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor
browns.” – Quote by Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.
Color itself is a broad area of study. This article was intended to introduce you to the concept of color theory and show you how you can use the powerful concept to make stunning design combinations. For additional reference you could also refer: Color Harmony for Interior Design: A Guidebook for Creating Great Color Combinations for Your Home by Martha Gill .
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