Add colour to your home

Sackville Tribune - - REAL ESTATE -

Did you know de­sign pro­fes­sion­als use the colour wheel when de­cid­ing how to dec­o­rate a space?

Here are some colour the­ory ba­sics to help you think like a de­signer when adding colour to your home.

The colour wheel

The stan­dard colour wheel con­tains 12 colours: three pri­mary colours, three se­condary colours and six ter­tiary colours. Pri­mary colours (red, yel­low and blue) com­bine to form se­condary colours (or­ange, vi­o­let and green). Ter­tiary colours are de­rived from com­bi­na­tions of pri­mary and se­condary colours.

Vari­a­tions on these base colours are cre­ated by us­ing dif­fer­ent shades, tints and tones. Tint­ing means adding white to make a colour lighter while shad­ing in­volves adding black to make it darker. Tone refers to mix­ing a colour with a com­bi­na­tion of white and black.

How de­sign­ers use the colour

wheel when dec­o­rat­ing De­sign­ers use these prin­ci­ples to fig­ure out dif­fer­ent ways to use colour in a space. Here are three com­mon colour schemes:

– Monochro­matic: based on one colour in var­i­ous shades, tones and tints.

– Com­ple­men­tary:

com­ple- men­tary colours (or­ange and blue, red and green, yel­low and pur­ple) are di­rectly across from each other on the colour wheel. In a com­ple­men­tary scheme, one colour serves as the dom­i­nant hue and the other as an ac­cent.

– Anal­o­gous: based on three colours found next to each other on the colour wheel. It’s more sub­tle than us­ing com­ple­men­tary colours but more colour­ful than a monochro­matic in­te­rior.

De­sign­ers also con­sider colour tem­per­a­ture. In gen­eral, warm colours, which con­tain more red and yel­low, are thought of as more vi­brant and cozy, while cool colours, which have more blue and vi­o­let in them, are seen as calm and re­lax­ing.


Colours are im­por­tant to con­sider when de­sign­ing your home.

The colour wheel con­tains 12 colours and is used by de­sign­ers when de­cid­ing how to dec­o­rate space.

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