Lately I have been filling my house with color, and lots of it, practically everywhere I can. It's unusual, because if you look at my closet, everything is brown, black and white. Maybe a few greens and reds thrown in for a change of pace, but those colors are rare.
I have always wanted color in my house, and throughout my years crafting, designing, and making, color was the main driving force in any of my artistic endeavors. Color inspires me endlessly, and truly affects my moods. I thought I'd start the blog by going back to the root of colors, in thier most basic form. It's a little art class refresher!
Remember the color wheel?
Tint: is the mixture of a color with white
Shade: is a mixture of a color and black
The color wheel is based on red, yellow and blue.In traditional Color Theory, these are the 3 colors that cannot be mixed by any combination of other colors. All other colors are derived from these 3 hues.
Green, orange and purple are the secondary colors.These are formed by mixing two of the primaries in equal parts. Thus red with yellow gives you orange, blue with yellow gives green, and red and blue give purple.
Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green.These are formed by mixing a primary and a secondary. That's why the hue is a two-word name, such as blue-green, red-violet, and yellow-orange.
The primaries are arranged on the color wheel at 3 points opposite each-other and the secondaries in between the two primaries. The tertiary colors are between the primary and secondary colors.
Color Schemes are rules for combining color that gives a harmonious result.
Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are known as complementary. Red and green for example. Using opposing colors create maximum contrast and maximum stability.The high contrast of complementary schemes create a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. You need to be careful using this scheme so it is not disturbing.Complementary schemes are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out. A Complementary scheme is definitely not recommended for text.
For the Analogous scheme, you use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They go well together and create placid designs. Analogous schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye.Be sure you have enough contrast when choosing an analogous scheme.One color should dominate, a second to support. The third is used (along with black, white or gray) as an accent.
Split Complementary Color Scheme:
The split Complementary Color Scheme is a variation of the complementary scheme. You choose a base color and use the two colors adjacent to its complement. This has the same strong visual contrast as the complementary color scheme, but has less strain. The split-complimentary color scheme is a good choice for rookie artists because it is hard to screw up.
A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.Triadic color harmonies tend to be vivid, even if you use pale versions of your hues.To use a triadic harmony successfully, the colors should be carefully balanced - let one color dominate and use the two others for accent.
Harmony can be defined as a pleasing arrangement of parts, whether it be music, poetry, or even a gorgeous platter of tacos!
Harmony is something that is pleasing to the eye. It engages the viewer and it creates an inner sense of order and balance in the visual experience. When something is not harmonious, it's boring or chaotic. The first extreme is a visual experience that is so ordinary, so dull and lackluster, that the viewer is not engaged. Our brains always reject under-stimulating information. I know mine does.