Posted on | June 22, 2012 | No Comments
Right, we’ve never done a post on the use of a colour wheel and considering our wall stickers come in 20 colours it has occurred to us it might be useful!
Basically a colour wheel consists of the three primary colours – Red, Yellow and Blue. Then you have your secondary colours which are created when mixing equal amounts of primary colours… e.g Yellow + Red = Orange, Red + Blue = Purple and Yellow + Blue = Green. Finally we have the tertiary colours when a primary colour is mixed (2:1) with a secondary colour… Red-Orange, Blue-green… and so on.
That’s all well and good but what does that mean to you….!
Well, the colour wheel can be divided into cool and warm colours. These are self explanatory as in warm are the vibrant, energetic colours and the cool being the calm soothing colours.
Complementary : Colours opposite each other on the colour wheel are complementary colours e.g purple and yellow. These colours provide a high impact maximum contrast effect.
Analogous : Colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel are analogous colours. This creates a calm soothing effect and is usually made up of a dominant colour, a second supporting colour and a third accent colour.
Triadic : Colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel. These colours create a vibrant equality feel due to the varying colours and can be made up of a dominant colour with 2 supporting colours to compliment.
P.S On a final note… in addition to the above you can also use a single colour look using tones of a single colour and also use shades of black white and grey which can compliment any colour on the colour wheel.