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Decorating 101: Color Wheel, Value And Balance

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Color plays in important role in decorating. It can really express your sense of style, create an atmosphere, and make the design pop. There are some basic things you need to know about color to create a good decor. If you want to learn more about the color or hues learn how to read the color wheel. It is a tool that shows how the hues generate from each other. Red, yellow, and blue are considered to be the primary colors, which can be mixed in order to produce other colors and hues. Such colors as purple and green come from the mixture of red and blue and yellow and blue accordingly.

Decorating 101: color wheel, value and balance

The colors and hues can be complementary or analogous. Complementary colors are shown opposite to each other on the color wheel and analogous hues are located near each other and are generated from the same hue.

Triads are the three colors located equally on the color wheel and work greatly together if balanced right. The formula where one color is dominant and the other two are supplementary works well.

The colors can also be described as warm and cool. The color wheel is divided in half from red to green – warm colors, the rest are cool colors. Warm colors are lively and vivid, advancing. Cool colors are receding and are great for visually enhancing the small places.

If you chose a cool color scheme for your design it doesn’t mean you should stick only with cool colors. A small pop of cool color in the warm color scheme or otherwise will complete and perk your design.

Some colors have both advancing and receding effects such green and purple, so they can sometimes play a part of neutrals in the design.

Colors have value. The colors can light or dark. Lighter values of colors are called tints, which are extensively used in decorating, and darker values are called shades or tones. Those tints and tones are not usually called just green or red, but rather bear more enhanced names as grass green, for example.

Balance of colors is good. Light values can be balanced with neutrals or medium values, however such color schemes can become plain and boring pretty quick. Here come the accents. Accents help bring in a stylish touch to the whole design. For instance, a color scheme of light pink and cream white the pop of hot pink or red will brighten up the view.

The intensity of the color will identify the mood of the room. If it’s bright and highly intense, it will bring more energy to the room and atmosphere, muted colors, on the other hand, create a calm atmosphere. While you might want to choose high or low intensity color schemes while decorating certain rooms, balance is always a good and safe thing.

Choose one dominant high-intensity color in your color scheme and pair it with a muted, low-intensity color. Play with color combination, look at the samples and carry them home to choose the best working and balanced scheme for your design.

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