Learn About Color

In order to better understand color selection and why colors work together, you need to understand color theory. The basic map for color theory is known as the color wheel. The color wheel is a circular arrangement of the spectrum that illustrates the relationship between colors.

 

WARM

Warm colors have a cozier feeling and make a welcoming statement in a room.

COOL

Cool colors evoke a more tranquil mood within a space.

 

HUE

refers to the color family or name of a color such as: red, orange, blue.

VALUE

is the degree of lightness or darkness of a color

SATURATION

refers to a color's purity Highly saturated colors look clean and bright, like the colors you see on a color wheel. As other colors are added or mixed to these colors, they become less saturated.

PRIMARY

Red, yellow and blue.

SECONDARY

Green, orange, purple.

TERTIARY

Primary and Secondary mixed: Yellow-Green, Blue-Green, Red-Purple.

WARM

Warm colors have a cozier feeling and make a welcoming statement in a room.

COOL

Cool colors evoke a more tranquil mood within a space.

MONOCHROMATIC

If you're looking for a clean, sophisticated look, the monochromatic color scheme is for you. A monochromatic scheme is the easiest to create with subtle variations in lightness and saturation of a single color. The result is a look that's calming, organized and buttoned-down.

ANALOGOUS

You might think that opposites attract, but it's the colors adjacent to each other that really offer the nuances. Pick one color as a dominant color and the other(s) to give the scheme some texture and visual interest.

COMPLEMENTARY

If you've picked a dominant color and you're looking to create contrast, pick a color directly across the wheel for a Complementary scheme. The two colors will intensify each other for a lively, vibrant scheme.