Home Décorating Colors – Customizing Your Rooms

The Color Wheel: Use it For Selecting the Colors for Your Décor

Choosing the colors for your home’s interior, when done correctly, can add to the appearance, style and comfort of your inner sanction. To begin the process, you must understand how a color wheel works. Color wheels feature colors that are primary, secondary, and tertiary in nature. Red, yellow and blue make up the primary colors, or the basic colors of the wheel.

Secondary and Tertiary Colors

These colors are used to create such secondary colors as orange (red + yellow), green (yellow + blue) and purple (red + blue).  The tertiary colors on the wheel are a combination of the primary and secondary hues. These colors, which make up various shades, often are complemented by white and black for a more darkened or softened look.

Monochromatic Hues

When developing a color scheme then, you have the choice of four kinds of color patterns. Monochromatic colors are made up of one color, and include black or white, to either darken or lighten the effect. For example, colors used in this theme may include cerulean blue, dark blue or two or three shades of the same tone or hue.

Analog Type Colors

Analog colors are similar tones that sit next to one another on the color wheel. For instance, blue and purple and green are examples of these kinds of selections. These shades often represent a more comforting palette.

Contrasting and Complementary Tones

Contrasting colors denote a more dramatic theme and include such triads as yellow and orange and green or red and blue and purple. On the other hand, complementary colors display two opposing hues, such as orange and blue, all which creates a more dramatic impact.

Making Color Selections

When redecorating a room then, don’t select the paint or wallpaper colors for your wall first. It’s best to choose the carpeting and furniture and then go from there. The colors you choose for the wall will be more neutral in effect. That being said, however, not everyone uses this approach, but selects neutral furnishings and bolder colors for the walls. Whichever way you elect to go, a color wheel is an essential tool in making a color selection.