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The world of color is a visual treat for the senses! It affects us in many ways, and being able to use colors thoughtfully and harmoniously can help create amazing results in design. Last year, Julie wrote a great post about choosing color palettes, which you can find here. I wanted to take it one step further and give you some more technical information about the types of color and a very important tool for working with color: the color wheel.
The basic color wheel we learned about in school still plays an essential role in how we see color today. Picking the right colors can be a daunting task, but thanks to the color wheel we can easily envision a good pairing for any hue or shade. The wheel gives us a better understanding of what works well together and also, what doesn’t. This is valuable information for anyone interested in creating or designing. Not only do color wheels showcase the compatibility of a vibrant red with a cool blue, but they also display various shades and hues of one specific color… all by the spin of the wheel!
Familiarizing yourself with the color wheel can also help you understand how to mix and match warm and cool tones, which can sometimes be challenging. The wheel also teaches us about primary, secondary and tertiary colors, which make up the most basic groupings of color. Now, let’s get familiar with some of the terms you’ll read when using a color wheel!
The primary colors are red, yellow and blue; these are the three colors that all other colors are derived from. The secondary colors are orange, green and violet; these colors are created by mixing two primaries. The third order of colors is called tertiary and these include red orange, yellow green, blue green, blue violet and red violet. These colors are created by mixing the primary and secondary colors. The “analogous” colors are neighbor colors which usually match well and create a serene and calm look.
When it comes to color schemes, the most common ones are: monochromatic, complementary, analogous and triadic. Monochromatic color schemes involve using different shades and hues of the same color. Using complementary colors is a fun way to explore color contrast which allows colors to pop and really stand out. These “opposite” colors are directly across from each other on the color wheel, i.e. red and green, blue and orange, or yellow and purple. A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel, such as purple, orange and green. By choosing your main color and rotating your color wheel, you can see which shade and hue falls under each category. Before you know it, you’ll be able to come up with some beautiful color schemes. As we get better with experience, it’s always great to have a visual tool that aids us in our exploration of color!
This simple tool is so useful that the team here at Beadaholique would like to give away 20 Color Carousels by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to our readers. The Color Carousels are color wheels designed specifically for creating with the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS line of colors. Mixing and matching colors in jewelry making will be more enjoyable than ever. You can also check out the interactive Color Carousel online while you wait to find out if you’re a winner!
To enter, please leave a comment on this blog post letting us know your favorite color combination. Giveaway ends next Tuesday, July 2nd at 4pm PT. At that time, we will choose one random winner from those who left comments on this blog post. Please do not comment anonymously and do not use your Facebook, Twitter account, or Yahoo Pulse Profile when commenting, we cannot contact you if you do. Please adhere to all Beadaholique rules and conditions for this giveaway.