What You Need To Know About The Colour Wheel

There are three primary colours in the colour wheel: red, yellow and blue. Around the wheel, mixing two primary colours together make the secondary colours of purple, orange and green. In turn, these can be blended together to create all the other shades around the wheel. We recommend using the colour wheel if you want to create a colour scheme with additional colours and accents that can be used in just one room or throughout your home.

Key Colour Schemes Include:

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Single Colour Scheme

Also known as the Monochromatic scheme, the Single Colour scheme is the most basic in decorating. It uses only one colour: tints, tones or shades of that specific colour. Because this colour scheme is simple and uncomplicated, this colour scheme works well in areas where you want to create a calm, tranquil setting. It also assists in creating a more uniform appearance in any given space. It works well in bedrooms, bathrooms, small spaces and hallways.

Contrasting Colour Scheme

Complementary or Contrasting colour schemes refers to two colours opposite each other on the colour wheel. This scheme delivers a playful and striking interplay of colour, depending on the strength of the selected colours. Contrasting colour schemes work well in children’s bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. This interactive colour wheel is a very helpful tool for generating colour scheme ideas.

Harmonious Colour SchemeHow to use the colour wheel for home decor and interior decorating - Pat McDonnell Paints

Three colours next to each other on the colour wheel represent a Harmonious colour scheme. This colour scheme incorporates colours that naturally flow from one colour to another which creates a beautiful harmony of colour. Harmonious colour schemes can be used anywhere in your home where you want to create a flow, whether it’s adjoining rooms or living spaces.

Dynamic Colour Scheme

The Dynamic colour scheme refers to three colours forming a triangle on the colour wheel. This combination brings together colours that are significantly different from one another which in turn creates a visually dynamic colour palette. Brighter colour tones will energise a space whereas softer colour tones will give a subdued vibe to your space. Ideal areas for a Dynamic colour scheme are anywhere where there is an active atmosphere. These areas include the kitchen, playroom or family room.