A color wheel is an illustrative model meant to aid people in picking colors that look good together. Though there are countless variations of the color wheel, the most common model is a wheel of twelve hues that comprises three core colors and their derivatives. Let’s take a closer look at its construction.
The Color Wheel shows how colors are related:
- Primary Colors are: Red, yellow and blue are primary colors.
- Secondary Colors are: Orange, green and purple are secondary colors made by combining two primary colors. All colors are made from some combination of white, black and primary colors.
- Related Colors are: those next to one another on the color wheel. Designers often build color schemes around two or three related colors.
- Complementary Colors are located opposite each other on the color wheel. Blue is the complement of orange. Complementary colors enhance each other in decorating schemes.
- Neutral Colors are shades of white, gray or beige. Most neutrals are tinted slightly with a warm or cool color. Neutral colored walls provide a backdrop that does not compete with furnishings and accessories.
In the Interior Design field, when using colour, either use them in a monochromatic scheme and that’s like all values of blue or a complementary scheme which is having a red with green or having a blue with an orange. Any colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel are called complementary colours. Although they are called complementary, in reality, what they really do is they clash with each other because they’re totally opposite each other on the colour wheel.