Get­ting Color: The Color Wheel Ex­plained

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Put dif­fer­ent col­ors to­gether, and you evoke dif­fer­ent moods and feel­ings. Color the­ory ex­plains why, and the color wheel ex­plains color the­ory.

What’s a color wheel?

A color wheel il­lus­trates the re­la­tion­ship be­tween pri­mary, sec­ondary, and ter­tiary col­ors. The pri­mary col­ors are red, yel­low, and blue. Sec­ondary col­ors are col­ors formed by mix­ing the pri­mary col­ors. Ter­tiary col­ors are cre­ated from mix­ing pri­mary and sec­ondary col­ors.

There are ac­tu­ally many dif­fer­ent kinds of color wheels, but what’s im­por­tant about any color wheel is the way it shows you how com­ple­men­tary col­ors, anal­o­gous col­ors, and warm and cool col­ors work. Com­ple­men­tary col­ors, some­times called con­trast­ing col­ors, are col­ors that lie op­po­site each other on the color wheel. For ex­am­ple, blue com­ple­ments or­ange. These col­ors pair well to­gether, and make the other look more vivid.

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