Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Color Theory #2 - Beyond Primary Colors

Note: The following photos were all found on Pinterest! 
I do not know the original sources nor the photographers. 
I am truly grateful to have such amazing 
resources so readily available.
 This post would not be possible without them.


Bold, Bright, Yummy, Tasty COLOR! 

These are made by combining two primary colors:
(blue and yellow)

(blue and red)

 (red and yellow)

TERTIARY(another name for third-ary)COLORS
These colors are made by mixing equal amounts 
of a primary and a secondary color:

Red Violet, 
Red Orange, 

Yellow Orange, 

Yellow Green, 

Blue Green, 

Blue Violet

These are colors that are OPPOSITE each other on the color wheel.
Using these colors in close proximity 
to each other is VERY HIGH ENERGY! 

Use complimentary colors in equal 
amounts for a bold statement.

Red Violet/Yellow Green, 



Blue Green/Red Orange, 

etc., etc, etc.

Dramatic color in large amounts can be TOO MUCH stimulation
for many people - especially for extended periods of time. 
Pulling this look off successfully in clothing or 
home decor takes some practice! When done well, it is AMAZING!

These are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

Red, Red Orange, Orange

Yellow, yellow Green, Green

Red, Red Violet, Violet


Analogous colors are naturally harmonious.  
They can be used in any amounts and they will work. 

While it is still a bold look, achieving a harmonious look with analogous colors is easier than it is with complementary colors.

So far, we've looked at pure, saturated color. These colors all work well together. Mixing a full palette of color-wheel colors will be successful. It is too strong for most people, however.

Begin to pull color wheel-colored items together to make groupings. Try all the colors in a variety of combinations.
It doesn't matter what the items are or how successful the composition is, we're just looking at color relationships. 
Be sure the colors touch each other. 
Take photos of the colors that make you happy or excite you.

Notice how some colors are light and some are dark. 

Next time: 
We'll look at chromatic grays.
We'll learn about simultaneous contrast.
We'll see more examples of successful color schemes.
We'll talk about successful WHITE spaces.

Meanwhile, notice your environment. See if you can spot complementary and analogous color combinations. 

Word for the Day:

Exodus 25:1-7 Offerings for the Tabernacle
1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an 
offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man 
whose heart prompts him to give. 3 These are the offerings you 
are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple 
and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red 
and hides of sea cows; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; 
spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and 
onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and 

Possibly Linking with:
Sunday Creative Bloggers Party Hop Just something I whipped up
Monday Making the World Cuter Monday Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Wednesday - What’s it Wednesday – Would You Buy It Wednesday
Thursday Transformation Thursday Share Awesomeness Thursday - Thursday Favorite Things thrift’n on a thursday
Friday Fridays on Remodelaholic Friday Redoux Link Party
Saturday Saturday Nite Special Show and Tell Saturday 


Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh wow! I just read this post and went back to read the previous post on color-- I liked both posts.

I may write something myself on color and link back to your posts. I'm enjoying reading your blog lately with all the decorating savvy you've put out there!

take care- Pat

outjunking said...

Love the eye popping colors. I am always drawn to the colors I never use. Why is that?

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love all the color inspiration. I was giddy to see that you've been featured multiple times. Congrats, my friend.

thistlewoodfarm said...


What an awesome idea! I love all the information. The colors are breathtaking....I love that yellow mirror in your first post! Congrats on all your features.