Choosing Paint Colors with the Color Wheel

The color wheel has long been used by artists and designers, but it can also help you choose the best paint colors for your home! Understanding how primary, secondary, and tertiary colors work can help you find the color combinations that best suit your style and space.

  • The primary colors are red, yellow, and blue, which are equidistant on the color wheel.
  • The secondary colors (orange, violet, green) are located equidistant between the primary colors and are made by combining the primary colors they lie between. For instance, red + yellow= orange, red + blue= violet, blue + yellow= green.
  • Tertiary colors are made by combining a primary color and secondary color, for example blue + green= blue green, red + orange= red orange, etc.
color wheel

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Different shades and tints are achieved by adding black or white to the color. Usually when it comes to choosing paint colors for your home, you will want to choose a tint or shade for a more subtle look. For instance, blue green + white yields turquoise, one of  the most popular paint colors.

By using colors from different parts of the color wheel, you can achieve different effects in your home. For instance, an analogous color scheme provides a sense of cohesion by using colors that are all related to each other, whereas a complementary color scheme will magnify the effect of each color for a bolder look.

No matter what colors you choose for your home, contact Davis Paint Company for all of your interior painting needs! Our Woodstock painting company can help you get your home looking its best with a variety of home repair services.



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