Have you ever used a color wheel to make a choice when picking a color for paint, fabric, furniture or an accessory? You may not have looked up the color wheel online, or bought one, but you probably used it sub-consciously. I learned about primary colors in elementary school, and later how to mix them to make secondary colors. But, I didn’t realize all the elements of the color wheel until I took a beginning design class. I just want to touch on 3 simple terms that could help you to use the color wheel better when you are making color decisions in your own designs.
1. If you add gray to a color (hue), you are creating a TONE.
2. If you add white to a color, you are creating a TINT.
3. Adding black to a color creates a SHADE.
The Room of the Week has a really beautiful, warm color palette of purple, orange, blue, gold and natural wood. And, the reason the colors feel so warm is because they are tones – gray versions of the original hue. If you tinted them white, or added black they would create a different mood…take a look:
Which version do you prefer the best? The original color? Or a whiter, blacker, or grayer version? Do the colors in your house lean a certain way?