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Monday, October 22, 2012

Studying the colour wheel

Before we delve too far into the world of colour I thought it would be nice to take a little look at the colour wheel.

In a colour theory class we were asked to hand paint individual colours. It was one of the longest exercises we have been asked to do but also the most satisfying. There is nothing quite like hand mixing individual colours to really make you focus on the colour itself.

The above photograph is of my hand painted colour wheel. We also looked at the application of colour in interior spaces. There is so much to learn about colour. I feel as though I could study it for a lifetime and still have more to discover.

Let's have a closer look:


In the above colour wheel you will see cool and warm shades of each primary colour.

From the top centre and moving anti-clockwise you will see: cool yellow, warm yellow (the big triangle slices) and then moving further to the left: yellow-orange, orange, orange-red, warm red, cool red and so on.

Above each of these colours are their complementary shades. These are the colours directly opposite it on the colour wheel.

Complementary interior colour schemes offer maximum contrast and can look really great I believe when you combine warm colours and their complementary cool colour. For example, you might choose a dominant warm shade and combine it with a couple of accents of the complementary cool shade.

Here are a couple of examples of interiors with complementary colour schemes. I'll add more here as I keep coming across them:
On the left, orange-red is the dominant colour and the complementary colour is blue (image via: HERE)
On the right, purple is the dominant colour and the complementary colour is cool yellow (image via: HERE)

Hope this isn't confusing. It's simply, really. Opposites attract :-)

PS. I'll write more about colour soon: Primaries, secondaries and tertiaries.


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