Color is everything in our homes. It has the power to soothe, energize, or even make us feel relaxed before going to bed. Luckily, if you're currently on a quest for fresh, new color ideas for your home, there's one very smart, scientific way to do this.
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In short, color theory is the art and science of color mixing. The basis of color theory is the good, old, trusty color wheel, a circular chart of color-filled triangles that showcases the relationship between different hues: primary colors (red, yellow, blue); secondary colors (purple, orange, green, or colors that are made by mixing two primary colors); and tertiary colors (made by combining a full saturation of one primary color with a half saturation of another primary color).
If you'd like to turn to the color wheel for an updated palette, there are two ways to go about it. You can consider a monochromatic scheme which will wrap in shades from the same family (like diverging tints of blue). Or, you can embrace a complementary color scheme that represents hues from opposite sides of the wheel.
Brown is one example that is a result of combining primary and complementary shades. Although it is a neutral hue, it can be created in more ways than one — which can be helpful to keep in mind if you're mixing paint colors together, or you'd like to know how your favorite shade of brown — like the decadent tint flaunted on these walls, spotted on My Paradissi — is brought to life. Curious?
Ahead, you'll discover four different combinations that all arrive at the same destination: the color brown.
Blue + Red + Yellow = Brown
You might be surprised to learn that the three most recognized primary colors — red, yellow, and blue — can be combined to create a dark neutral.
Red + Green = Brown
Located opposite one another on the color wheel, red (a primary color) and green (a secondary color) can join forces to make a rich shade of brown.
Blue + Orange = Brown
This is another example of mixing primary (blue) and secondary (orange) colors to achieve a warm shade of brown.
Yellow + Purple = Brown
Here is an additional instance where yellow — a primary color — can be mixed with purple — a complementary shade — to generate a handsome brown hue.