finding the right colors for rooms in yourhome can be a decorating challenge but there is a trick to choosing a color scheme thatdecorators love and you can use too. it’s the color wheel. we see color based on howlight reflects off of a surface. the segments of the color wheel represent the science behindcolor, and also show how colors relate to each other. the wheel has three primary colors,red, blue and yellow; three secondary colors, green, violet and orang; and six tertiarycolors; red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple, and red-purple. here’show the color wheel works. colors are laid out on the wheel according to their colorrelationships. learning how colors affect each other will help you create successfulcolor schemes and also set the type of mood
you want in your room. for example, the colorsin an analogous scheme all sit next to each other on the color wheel. this room uses bluesand greens and the result is a harmonious room with plenty of visual variety. on theflip side, complimentary color schemes are made up of colors opposite to each other onthe color wheel such as purple and yellow. because these colors reflect like completelydifferently, they create a dynamic vibrant look when paired together. adding white orblack to a color also creates variety. take blue for example. adding white creates what’scalled a tint, and adding black creates a shade. while both of these are blue, theycan be used to create a totally different decorating vibe. the value or brightness ofa color is also an attribute to know. higher
value colors are more intense while lowervalue colors are more mellow. knowing how different colors relate to each other andunderstanding a color’s tone and intensity, we’ll help you create the ideal color schemefor any space in your home. start your scheme with a color you love and decide what typeof mood you want your room to have. then, use the color wheel to help choose the accentcolors and tints that will make the room look great. explore more color schemes at bhg.com/colorvideos.