The color wheel is an important decorating tool. Use it to create a symbiosis between the colors you like and colors that harmonize with them.
Warm reds, yellows, and oranges congregate on one side, while cool lavenders, blues and greens are on the other. Creating a palette within one half of the wheel tends to be more harmonious. But pairing two colors that stand opposite one another adds a dash of invigorating tension. Which do you prefer?
The color wheel can be divided into half, with warm colors on one side and cool colors on the other. Warm colors like red, yellow and orange tend to heat up a room. These colors are a good choice for kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, and play rooms. Warm colors tend to advance and therefore close in a room. Use warm colors when you want to “cozy up” a large room.
Cool colors like blue, green and violet are quiet and tranquil colors. They are best used in rooms that call for relaxation and calm. Use cool colors in bedrooms, bathrooms, dens and nurseries. Use cool colors in sunny rooms where they act as a counter balance to direct sun light. Cool color are recessive; they give the illusion of pushing back walls thereby making a small room look larger.
Warm colors can be comfortable and cozy. They are thought of as energetic and stimulate activity — but they can also close up an area. Consider using warm colors in “come together” areas.
Cool colors are refreshing and inspirational while the lighter tints invoke relaxation. Cool colors counterbalance direct sunlight and tend to make areas look more spacious. Use this color range in areas like bedrooms, bathroom or in places where sanctuary is sought.
Although color can definitely speak for itself, there are some words to describe color commonly used in the decorating world.
Paint color can transform and revitalize your home. Color expert Kate Smith from Sensational Color realizes this and uses color to engage and create welcoming home environments. Choosing color based on undertone will make all the difference! Proceed with caution when selecting and keep in mind that ALL colors have an undertone. What seems like a safe neutral undertone can change and pop out under certain changes in lighting. Your perfect neutral beige may transform to peach once painted and lit up. Hirshfield’s advises sampling the actual paint color in the room under various lighting conditions by purchasing a sample pint.
Using color can help to define or alter space
It’s all about creating illusions with color. For example: light, cool colors expand the sense of space; dark, warm colors give the impression of contracting a space. Similiarly, subtle colors make a room seem spacious, while more intense colors have been thought to make a room seem smaller. Other factors including the quality and quantity of the light a room receives can limit these visual effects.
A color’s appearance is also influenced by the colors around it. White may appear warmer when placed next to red or cooler when placed with blue. Complementary colors, colors that appear opposite one another on the color wheel, tend to enhance one another.
Color harmony ensures that a room will not only look good but that it will also feel good. When striving for color harmony, take into account your walls and furniture as well as any other accessories in a given room. There are many ways to harmonize colors, and the color wheel is a great tool to assist you. Here are some guidelines to get you started.
A scheme that uses one hue in combination with any of its tints, tones, or shades. It is the easiest scheme to use. This will include all the light tints, dark shades as well as the clean and muted versions of that color family.
A scheme using colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Used together, this combination of warm and cool colors creates excitement and energizes and decor. Opposite colors are perfect as accent colors in a neutral decor.
A scheme using three colors that are equally spaced from each other on the color wheel. Similar color values can be used, such as primary colors for children’s rooms. Colors can also be arranged in varying degrees with one color dominant, another color as secondary and the third color as an accent.
A scheme that uses two or three related colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel for a harmonious blend. These schemes evoke a specific mood, such as calm and tranquil or warm and inviting.
A scheme that uses the hues to the left and right of a color’s complement on the color wheel. This combination of colors adds variety to a room in a pleasant but active way.
A scheme that uses two complementary schemes in one room (created by using colors that are next to each other and then finding their opposites on the color wheel).