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Color Terminology and Color Wheel

Color Terminology and Color Wheel

This glossary of color terminology and accompanying Color Wheel will help you better understand color and how to use it to complete a better-looking paint project.

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    • Primary colors
       
      Primary

      The three primary colors are red, yellow and blue. Any color can be created from primary colors, but primary colors can't be created from other colors.

    • Secondary colors
       
      Secondary

      Secondary colors are created from combining two primary colors, and consist of orange, green and violet.

    • Tertiary colors
       
      Tertiary

      Combining primary and secondary colors creates tertiary colors. These colors are red-orange, red-violet, yellow-green, yellow-orange, blue-green and blue-violet.

    • Monochromatic colors
       
      Monochromatic

      Colors from the same color family tend to look great together. Monochromatic color schemes use tints and shades of the same color to create a sophisticated and elegant look.

    • Analogous colors
       
      Analogous

      Developed from colors next to each other on the color wheel, analogous color schemes offer more nuances while retaining the elegance of the monochromatic scheme. Usually, one color is used as a dominant color while others are used to enrich the scheme.

    • Complementary colors
       
      Complementary

      Complementary colors are opposite from each other on the color wheel and add drama to any room. These contrasting colors enhance the temperature of each other, which adds interest and energy to the décor. To get the most out of this scheme, use a warm color against a cool shade or add contrasting accessories to highlight the color of your walls.

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