Modern thinking is that there are 4 basic colours,
Red, Green and Yellow, and every other colour used in paint
and other decorations are variations of these four (and
also black and white which are not considered as colours).
Although our Colour Wheel has just 12 colours, the colours
vary continuously around the wheel with millions of possible
shades. Each colour is associated with a perception and
their use can affect the way people feel and act - so the
choice of colour in decorations needs to take into consideration
the nature of the area being decorated.
cold, of the sky and sea - relaxes, instils calmness and
harmony. If used in large blocks, blue can make a room seem
larger. Ideal for bedrooms and bathroom, not recommended
for areas requiring stimulation or keeping awake, such as
area for entertaining.
Red - of anger
and danger - stimulates and promotes activities. In large
blocks it seems to advance towards you, so can seem to make
rooms smaller. Ideal in areas of activity as it quickens
the wits and stimulates - however it can be tiring for someone
spending a lot of time surrounded by a lot of it. Not suitable
where you need to relax such as bedrooms.
Green - of
nature - cleansing, instils contemplation. Ideal where you
need to think such as in a study.
Yellow - of
happiness - brightens the mood, makes one laugh and smile,
refreshing and promotes intellectual activities. It can
make rooms seem smaller. Ideal where a 'bright' mood is
required such as areas used for entertainment.
Using colours together. top
are three basic ways to combine colours using the Colour
All within a third
All the colours within a third of the
wheel (that any 4 adjacent colours in our wheel) will work
well together in harmony.
Separated by a third
Any 3 colours spaced equally around the wheel work well
although - it is best to have one as a dominant colour
with the other two being used to 'setoff' the effect.
Such a colour scheme can give an exciting effect.
Any two colours across the wheel are complementary.
With one colour used as the dominant scheme, the other colour
will 'set off' the effect.