Roll into Inspiration with the Color Wheel!

“Red, yellow, blue… Green, purple, orange”.

If memories of a grammar school come to mind when you recite primary and secondary colors, then it might be time to freshen up your knowledge about the color wheel, and how it applies to making your home as beautiful as possible.

Before you begin, refresh your memory on how a color wheel works. There are three sections that are marked with the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Between these three colors, you will see a range of shades that naturally occur when the two closest primary colors are mixed. As you move from one color to the next, you will notice that the secondary colors will begin to appear more like the next primary color instead of the initial one (for example, greens will become lighter as you approach yellow, and darker when closer to blue).

Colors that sit directly across from one another on the wheel are known as “contrasting” colors, and can work together in a bolder environment.

Now that you have earned “flying colors” in Color Wheel 101 (pun intended), begin using the color wheel to decorate your home!

Here’s how:

First, look for inspiration in nature or in items that you love around your home. That flowering bush in your backyard or throw pillow that adorns your couch might have the palette of beautiful colors that you are searching for.

Second, survey the room you are looking to update and decide on a main color for the new scheme. From there, check out the color wheel to see what complementary and contrasting hues work with your desired main color.  You can see a full color wheel here.

Third, decide if you want a ‘warm’ or ‘cool’ hue within your scheme.

Fourth, look online at decorating websites for extra ideas. Pinterest, although addictive, is a great place to find inspiration from all over the Internet. (Sidenote: be sure to check out our page when you head over to get pinning!)

Finally, compile your findings and head to your local paint shop to check out swatches in your desired color ranges. Most paint stores will even have collections of complementary colors organized in binders or on swatches for you to look at!


Have you used the color wheel in the past? If so, what are your tips for newbies?

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