Getting Color: The Color Wheel Explained
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.