Now you can learn how professional designers use the color-wheel concept to select color combinations for beautiful results with decor projects.
Amazingly, every color we see comes from a combination of three colors: red,
yellow and blue, the primary colors on the color wheel. Secondary colors, such as orange, green and purple, fall in between the primary colors on the wheel.
Amazingly, every color we see comes from a combination of three colors: red, yellow and blue, the primary colors on the color wheel. Secondary colors, such as orange, green and purple, fall in between the primary colors on the wheel.
This powerful color increases blood pressure and heart rate. It often produces feelings of warmth and energy. It also stimulates the appetite and is often used in restaurants and is an excellent choice for dining rooms in the home.
Like red, orange warms a room but in a less dramatic way. The mood and attitude of orange is more friendly than fiery and is welcoming. Orange works well in living rooms and family rooms and is also a good choice for children's bedrooms.
Yellow grabs attention and catches the eye like no other color, hence the use of yellow highlighters in offices. In poorly lit foyers and hallways, yellow shows the way. In their bedrooms, elderly people report that yellow lifts their mood. But bright yellow can be too strong and may actually cause anxiety in infants, young children and the elderly.
Soothing blue is an ideal bedroom color choice for adults and children. But that same blue that lulls us to sleep also suppresses our appetites, possibly because there are very few naturally blue foods. Put blue to bed, but try and keep it out of the dining room.
As the dominant color in nature, we are at home with green anywhere in the house. Light greens work well in baths and living rooms; mid-range greens are a great accent for kitchens and dining rooms. The calming effect of green makes it popular in hospitals, schools and work environments.
Despite the favorable response violet elicits in children, many adults dislike purples, with rosier shades of violet being somewhat more appealing. Children's bedrooms and play areas may be good places to experiment with this color family.