Boutet 1708 – Colour Circles
Hey! First, a brief thank you to everybody who supported the Autism Walk on Saturday. Great turn out . . . a good beginning!
COLOR SPECTRUM and COLOR WHEEL
Some of the most common questions I get from clients concerns color.
“What is the latest color trend?”
“What color can I paint my walls so that I won’t be sick of it in 2 years?”
“What is Trendy, verses what is Classic?”
“What exactly is a color wheel and how do I use it?”
I’ll answer these questions by beginning with the color wheel. This is a tool, not only devised to help you select a main color but it also shows what accent colors to use. I have one client who carries her color wheel in her bag – at all times!
So, if you prefer using a shade, tint, or tone of one color (Monochromatic), the color wheel shows you that arrangement. The term Analogous refers to colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. And one of my personal favorites is a colorless palette using blacks, whites and greys called Achromatic.
Keep in mind when you are selecting a color palette for yourself it is very subjective and personal. Keep it personal. If you don’t know what color scheme you like, look to your clothing for guidance. Do you wear browns, tans, cream and khaki? There’s a clue!
The wheel will also help explain color relationships for Complementary, Diad, Triad, and Tetrad. Blah, blah, blog! Uh, perhaps a little too much information?
Confession: I have never used a color wheel. Because I have an uncontrollable sickness for playing with color palettes, using a color wheel simply never entered my brain. But I have been told that many of you don’t share that enthusiasm (or disorder!) with me, so if you want “play with color ideas” pick up a color wheel and see what it says to you! The secret joy of the spectrum is to PLAY!
Interior Designer / Phelan’s Interiors