Harmless Banter by Beverly Taylor Design

Time for a color lesson!

November 29th, 2012

So I’m sure many of you have had the “color” lesson in elementary/middle school…but I bet you never thought it could help you with choosing colors for your home? 
Now that you’re older and wiser, let’s go back and revisit this lesson!
Colors are defined as Primary, Secondary & Tertiary 
 
Primary Colors: red, yellow and blue
These colors make every other color in the spectrum 
*Make a bold statement in any decor
 
Secondary Colors: purple (red and blue), green (blue and yellow), and orange (yellow and red).
These colors equal combinations of two primary colors
*Can be engaging, but they sometimes need to be shaded to work together
 
Tertiary Colors: red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple and red-purple
These colors are made by mixing a primary and it’s adjacent secondary color in equal proportions
*Can combine for a very sophisticated look
 
According to Color Theory:
A good combination is one that uses
-Two colors opposite each other on the color wheel
-Three colors equally spaced around the color wheel
-Two pairs of colors (a total of four) opposite each other

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