Design Defined: Color Theory

Design Defined: Color Theory

color theory

Color Theory:

Color theory is the philosophy that supports the use of color to psychologically evoke or stimulate a mood, feeling, or activity in a space.

Color theory is extremely important.  Have you ever walked into a space and felt uplifted?  Or has the opposite happened and you felt a sense of seriousness take over?  Color evokes feeling and that is why choosing the right colors for your space is so important.

According to this Fresh Home article, it is very helpful to know the color basics:

  • Primary Colors: Red, blue, and yellow. Cannot be made from mixing other colors.

  • Secondary Colors: Orange, Purple, and Green. Can be made by mixing the primary colors together.

  • Tertiary Colors: The six shades that can be made from mixing primary and secondary colors.

When you know the information above, it gives you a starting point to begin choosing colors for your space.

HGTV published a fabulous blog post about the Psychology of Color with a break down of the different colors and what kind of moods they evoke.  I highly recommend reading it if you are interested in evoking a particular mood in your space.

Let me know what you discover!  I love hearing from you!

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