Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Colourful Wednesdays

The Colour Wheel

The color wheel can help you in choosing a color scheme for a layout by visually illustrating various colour harmonies.
The helpful definitions and colour wheel images below, I found on the Benjamin Moore website. Another fantastic source for colour inspiration. The pattern paper images are from Melissa Frances, Bo Bunny and Fancy Pants.

A monochromatic colour scheme uses tints and shades of the same colour. It creates a look that is sophisticated and elegant.

A complementary colour scheme includes the two colours that oppose each other on the colour wheel. Complementary colours enhance one another, adding interest and energy to the decor.

Split Complement
A split complement colour scheme combines hues to the left or right of its complement on the colour wheel.

Triad colour schemes include any three colours that are equally spaced on the colour wheel (red-orange, yellow-green, blue-violet). When a triad color scheme is used, one shade is dominant, another is a secondary colour, and the third is an accent colour.

An analogous color scheme uses consecutive colors on the color wheel (yellow, yellow-orange, orange) to create a pleasing palette. A normal execution of this scheme is to use one color more than the other two.

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