Wheel of Color
Learn the basic concepts of the color wheel with these tips.
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Color is often the key ingredient for a design scheme, but it's hard to know just where to start.
Designer Rebecca Pelletier is known for her fearless use of color and shares how to utilize the color wheel when making design decisions.
- The color wheel consists of three primary colors, red, yellow and blue, of which all 315,000 colors are derived.
- Secondary colors are created when two primary colors are mixed together. Violet consists of blue and red, green is made of yellow and blue, and yellow and red combine to make orange.
- Complementary colors are those opposite each other on the color wheel, like green and red and orange and blue.
- Analogous colors consist of three to six colors close together on the color wheel.
- A triad color scheme is any three colors that are equally spaced, like violet, red/orange and blue/green.
- A value is the lightness or darkness of a color. The value is determined by adding black to create a shade, white to create a tint and gray, which creates a tone. Monochromatic color schemes are shades and tints of one color.
The color wheel can work as a compass and help you create the perfect color combination for your personal style.