Color Theory (colour theer-ee):
Color theory is the science behind how we interpret the colors we see in the world, and how we respond to specific color combinations and proportions.
Color theory starts at the color wheel, a sort of road map for understanding color combinations and how the human brain processes these combinations. The color wheel is most often used by interior designers as a framework for color schemes and room designs.
There are only 7 colors in the rainbow but there are 12 basic colors in the colorwheel.
Here’s how it’s broken down:
- Primary Colors: Red, blue, and yellow. Cannot be made from mixing other colors.
- Secondary Colors: Orange, Purple, and Green. Can be made by mixing the primary colors together.
- Tertiary Colors: The six shades that can be made from mixing primary and secondary colors.
If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to decorating you interior, one of these 12 is often a good jumping off point. Pick one and it will help you narrow down your selections until you settle on the exact shade that you love.
Once you’ve selected a basic color, it’s easy to create many different versions within the same family. All you need to do is combine that color with a neutral in order to make it lighter or darker. In interior design parlance, this is known as tint, shade, and tone.
- Tint: The act of lighting a color by adding white to it.
- Shade: The act of darkening a color by adding black.
- Tone: Slightly darkening a color by adding gray
Choosing a Color for your Home
Now that we have the basics down let’s get to how best to determine a great color for your home.
Want a Soft and Subtle Look
Want an Elegant Look
Neutral colors offer elegance and flexibility within a room. Neutral colors are no longer just white or beige. You can choose lighter or deeper neutral colors to vary the look of the room. Remember, the lighter color you go, the more spacious the room will appear. Varying shades of rust, mahogany or garnet will offer instant elegance and a feeling of earthiness and richness.
You can turn a simple living room into one of elegance by selecting varying shades of neutral colors. Easily switch up the feel of a neutral room by adding different colored accessories or painting the trim a new color.
Want a Vibrant Look
If you want to add pizzazz to your home, choose colors with a bit of vibrancy. Respective shades such as oranges, gold, bright yellows, reds and dark purples can give you this feel. You can compliment these colors by selecting two next to each other such as gold and orange and one from the opposite side of the color wheel.
Choose two colors next to each other on the color wheel for a significant pop that creates visual contrast as one will stand out from the other.
Use different textures in your bedding and accessories to make the room even more appealing. Your curtains, towels or bedding as well as accessories such as candles can be varying shades within the same scheme.
Don’t hold to the outdated rule of one shade and one texture, varying textures and colors in a room can create amazing visual appeal.
Happy Home Styling,