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You wouldn’t believe what color can do for a room. It can transform a room that is boring into an amazingly lovely space. Don’t be scared off by color. This is your chance to explore different colors and see which you believe will give your room that desired effect.

A helpful way to figure out which colors will best coordinate is to familiarizing yourself with the Color Wheel, which consists of primary and secondary colors. It is simple and works like this: the primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. By mixing two primary colors, you create a secondary color.

Secondary colors include orange, violet, and green. By mixing two primary colors in equal amounts, such as red and yellow, you get orange; yellow and blue to get green; red and blue to get violet. Secondary colors are also known as complementary colors because they sit opposite the primary colors on the Color Wheel.

The three complementary colors are red and green, yellow and violet, blue and orange. These colors always go well with one another, hence the word, “complementary.”

Complementary colors are important because when placed next to each other, they make each other appear brighter and add intensity. These color schemes are used in every area of our lives. During the holidays, red and green are in unison. The use of a red ribbon on a wreath makes for a beautiful combination. Renaissance painters utilized gold on a blue background, making the two very compatible.

Moreover, if you mix one primary and one secondary color or two secondary colors, the result is a tertiary color. However, tertiary used to refer to neutral colors, such as browns and grays. The tertiary colors are: yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue violet, blue-green, and yellow-green.

Lastly, warm colors are red, yellow, and orange. These colors are warm because they remind us of the sun, fire, stimulate appetite, and conversation. Cool colors are blue, green, and violet. They bring to mind water, grass, and plants. Blue is sometimes used in bedrooms because it has a calming effect and aids in sleeping. The neutral colors are the grays and browns. These are considered neutral since they don’t contrast with much of anything and are a bit dull.

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