Why are colors so important in our life? Why is it crucial to create a perfect color scheme for our space? It’s because color is a form of non verbal communication that can radically affect our mood and emotions. When you walk into any space, the way your eye translates color and color combinations can affect how you interpret the style, mood, and overall comfort level of the space.
We are constantly combining colors. When selecting our outfit or when we’re buying a cushion to match in our living room, all the time, for every single detail, we are mixing and matching colors. However, a color theory exists to make the process on how to combine colors easier. It’s a primary design lesson and it serves a lot for your daily life as well.
Here, we’ll learn how to combine colors and how to use the color wheel to create the perfect color scheme, along with some tips an ideas on how to incorporate color combinations into your space.
COLOR THEORY 101
Color theory is the science about how we interpret the colors we see in the world, and how we respond to specific color combinations and proportions. Color theory starts with the color wheel.
Red, blue, and yellow are the building blocks of all other colors on the wheel. They cannot be made from mixing other colors. Secondary colors are the ones that can be created by mixing two primary colors. These colors are orange, green, and purple. Lastly, Tertiary Colors the six shades that can be made from mixing primary and secondary colors.
Now let see the ways to use the color wheel for selecting a color scheme:
1. Analogous Color Scheme
You can create an Analogous color scheme, which uses three or more colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel. For example, red, orange and yellow or red, purple and blue.
Since you’re using three colors in this one, proportion is important to make sure the space feels balanced. You may want to incorporate the 60-30-10 rule to keep a good proportion between colors.
Maybe you are the kind of person that prefers to have a neutral color palette for the overall look of the space, but you want to add a pop of color into the room. If that’s the case, you can apply the same analogue color scheme into you accent elements and accessories as well.