How to Choose Paint Colors From a Color Wheel

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Painting your home can certainly be a big hassle. Once you figure out what color you want to paint one room, you may want to pick out other colors for different rooms or as a complementary color in the same room. This can be confusing and frustrating. However, if you know how to use the color wheel properly, you should be able to pick out the best color for your house, along with complementary colors, as well.


How to Choose Paint Colors From a Color Wheel

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Painting your home can certainly be a big hassle. Once you figure out what color you want to paint one room, you may want to pick out other colors for different rooms or as a complementary color in the same room. This can be confusing and frustrating. However, if you know how to use the color wheel properly, you should be able to pick out the best color for your house, along with complementary colors, as well.


Understand what the color wheel is. The color wheel consists of 12 different colors: the primary colors—red, blue and yellow; the secondary colors—orange, green and purple: and the tertiary colors—red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet. Typically, the color wheel "starts" with red and ends with violet.


Choose any color that you like as your main color. To use the color wheel properly you have to at least one main color. Let's say that you like the blue.


Pick the shade of blue you like best. On the color wheel, each color is in its own "pie slice." Beneath blue are its different shades in the same slice. Shades that work well with the color are baby blue, powder blue, midnight or gray blue. These shades come in handy if you want to stripe a room. Instead of doing stripes in two completely different colors, select two colors within the same shade. The result: a subtle stripe that's not overbearing.


Pick a complementary color. Each color's complementary colors are located directly across the wheel. Across the wheel from blue are orange and orange-yellow. These colors, when paired together, will bring out each other's brightness. This can certainly help you out if you'd like to have an accent wall. Paint the room in shades of orange or orange-yellow (like a sand color), then paint one wall a blue or powder blue for a more dramatic effect.


Print out a picture of a color wheel from the Internet. When you go to pick out your paint colors, keep the wheel with you. Refer back to it to choose the best colors, shades and complementary colors for your home.


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