Color Wheels

I would like to start painting some of the walls in our hosue.  I’ve already done some.  My son’s bedroom is the perfect light shade of green.  And I think the walls in our den are my favorite.  Three of the walls are a rich deep almost gold color and one wall is dark gold, light gold and cream striped.  That wall was inspired by a pillow. 

I do have my kleenex box colors for inspiration (see previous posts).  However, I’ve gotten an itch to revist the color wheel. 

Does everyone remember which are the primary colors?  Yes, thats right; red, yellow and blue.

Secondary colors are  orange, green, and purple. You get these colors by mixing the primary colors. Example: red and blue = purple.

Then there are whats called tertiary colors which are made by mixing a primary color with a secondary color. The secondary color is always next to it. Examples are red-orange, orange-yellow, yellow-green.  I’m a visual so here is a wheel that is marked…

Let’s go one step further.  I did some research on different paint sites and now I know the following…..
A hue is the actual color with its qualities of yelowness and blueness. Intensity is the degree of purity, or saturation of the color.The more intense a color, the more of the pure color is added.
A tint is a color mixed with white. The more white in a color the lighter is the value of it.
A shade is a color mixed with black. The more black is added to the color, the darker is the color’s value.
A tone is color mixed with grey.

Colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel are called complementary.  Think  Christmas; red and green.

Neutral colors =  grey, white and black.    Beige and cream are also sometimers thought of as neutrals.

Warm colors – these are yellows, oranges and reds. They convey energy, and will induce a cozy feeling, having a warm psycological effect on us.

Cool colors – they are blues, greens and violet. The have a calming effect on us, and convey a relaxed mood. 

I found the chart below so this may help show what I just shared.

So I have to think about this for awhile, but I’ll be sure and share with you what paint colors I’ve picked as soon as I know myself.

Lattenene

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One response to “Color Wheels

  1. This is really good information Rene. I just finished painting my den, and after many months of various shades of “Gold” on the wall I made a decision. “Bungalow Gold” was my final choice and as much as I’m not partial to gold, I’m really liking it with my dark wood. Still have to get the new casino cabinet in the room and the new TV but I’m liking it! Can’t wait to see what you select.

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