Boutet 1708 Colour circles

 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!




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!


Dianne Ross

Interior Designer / Phelan’s Interiors




  1. Tori Says:

    You say that looking at your wardrobe gives you a clue about what palette to choose for your home. What if my wardrobe is full of bright colors such as pinks, greens, yellows, ect?

  2. dross08 Says:


    What color is your neutral in your wardrobe? Do you wear those fabulous tropical colors with black skirts? Beige or maybe chocolate brown ? Find your neutral and then have a blast! Use all those colors as accents. You could even paint a room (kitchen?) hot pink and pull together some lime green for place mats, add yellow coffee mugs, or patterned mugs with all 3 colors. Just make sure to have plenty of your neutral color mixed in this room, like cabinet or floor color, to keep these hot colors from boiling over! Balance is the watchword here! WHAT FUN! thanks for the comment.

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