Knowing Your Colors

Most people aren’t interior designers, but it can hurt to know a little about colors and their application in your home…

Is for you interior design a hobby or a needed evil that helps your home look fine? Sometimes, it may be hard to understand the language of interior designers. How many of you have heard about tertiary colors?

Today we go back to the basics…

How do you use colors schemes? Just like trigonometry, the spectrum of colors is probably one of the first things you learned as a child. Simply put, color schemes give a visually representation of colors that will nicely go together. A color scheme removes all speculations basically. Don’t worry if you haven’t remembered any color schemes yet. There are lots of ways to access them digitally.

Now, let’s move onto basic colors. Colors are split into three categories, basic, secondary and tertiary. Basic colors, or primary colors are red blue and yellow. They can never be created by mixing other colors, but they can be used to create other colors. Secondary colors can be created by mixing primary colors, and they are orange, green and purple.

Tertiary colors are created by further mixing secondary color, and we get yellow-orange, red-orange, blue-green, yellow-green, red-purple and blue-purple.

When you pick a basic color, it is easy to create many different versions inside the same family. Everything that should be done is to combine that color with neutral colors, light or dark. In interior design terminology, this is known as shade and tone.

Lights and colors

Lights and colors are a very important thing to look at. Lots of natural light is always welcome, but if you have lots of artificial lights in your home, it may not be a very good look. Of course, artificial light can be amazing, but in smaller doses.

Many artists recommend that you experiment with colors, mixing colors while you have a feeling how it will drastically influence the neutral color.

Temperature of colors

When it comes to the temperature of colors, they are divided into warm and cold. Red, orange and yellow are often described as warm colors. They are more lively and bring the feeling of energy to a space. Opposite to that, blue, purple and green are cold colors. They can be used to calm a room and create a more relaxed feel. When choosing the temperature of the colors in a space, you should consider the size of the room . Using warm colors in a narrow room can create a claustrophobic feeling.

Complementary colors

But, what if somebody mentions complementary colors? What are they? Complementary colors are the colors that are opposite to each other on the color scheme wheel. Every basic color has a complementary second color in the wheel. When it comes to the color scheme, it is the simplest to use two opposite colors on the wheel. That means that combinations like red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple work. Such combinations create very strong contrasts, which means it’s best used in small doses and when you want to turn attention to a certain element.

If you want to pick a complementary color scheme, you should use them with neutral colors, that will secure a place where your eyes will rest.

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By Milan Budimkic

Milan Budimkic is a creative freelance writer for industries that include but are not limited to the travel, sport, entertainment, internet marketing, and much more. When not blogging, Milan likes to travel and read a lot.

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