Choosing colors can be one of the most difficult aspects of any
paint project. Many homeowners worry they are not going to like the
colors they have selected. Understanding color systems and a few
simple terms relating to color can help homeowners make better color
decisions. Look at the color wheel and keep it in mind or refer back
to it when reading the information below.
Primary colors are the pigment colors that all of the other colors
are made from. These colors are blue, red, and yellow.
Secondary colors are two primary colors mixed together.
Tertiary colors are a primary color and a secondary color mixed
Color Families are groups of colors that are made from the same
Neutral Colors are gray , white, and black, that contain no other
Monochromatic colors on the wheel are one basic color (hue), but
have different values (lightness (tints) or darkness (shades)).
Adjacent colors combine two or more colors located next to each
Complementary colors are opposite each other. Use a subtle color
and a dominate color to avoid clashing.
Triad colors are three colors that are used together, with one
being the dominant color and the others being accent colors.
Light colors make a room, or the exterior of a
house, appear larger while dark colors will have the opposite affect.
Lighting, and especially direct sunlight, will affect color. Look at
the samples in the room where the colors will be used to get a better
idea of how the color will look.