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Designing With the Color Wheel

by Susan Thibeault 04/08/2019

You may have seen them, a circle with all the colors of the rainbow and then some. This is what is called a color wheel. You may think what in the world would I need one of those for? Yes, interior designers and artists use them as a tool to make design decisions. The color wheel is also helpful for many other individuals in everyday living situations. Quilters and tailors often use the theory of the color wheel. The color wheel is also handy to those in marketing or anyone putting together presentations.

The Basics

You will find the color wheel has 12 different colors to make a full spectrum. When you break the wheel down, you see three categories: primary, secondary, and tertiary. The primary color category is made up of red, blue, and yellow. Like the most basic of boxes of crayons. All other colors are created out of the primary colors. For example, secondary colors come when you mix any two primary colors. Orange, green, and violet are secondary colors. 

Finally, tertiary colors appear when you combine one primary color with a secondary from one side or another of that primary color on the color wheel. Think of the giant box of crayons: yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, and yellow-green are tertiary colors. 

Color wheel usage

When using the color wheel, it helps to know what different color combinations there are and how they can be used. There are multiple ways to experiment with how the colors combine with the help of the color wheel. You can have complimentary colors which are located directly across the circle from each other. They are common color patterns you will see such as red and green during the holiday season. This combination is a very strong visual when you see them together. A calming, subtle color combination that you can use is the monochromatic combination. Mono meaning one makes this a mix of different shades of a single color. 

Similar to monochromatic is analogous, meaning the colors are similar or corresponding and you can find these colors next to each other on the wheel. This combination is perhaps the easiest to design with. When you lay a triangle over the wheel, each point will rest on a color that when used together is called a triadic color combination. This combination is one of the most common you can use when designing almost anything.

Next time you drive down your local street take note of the color wheel combinations on the houses, commercial buildings, and signage. Use of complementary color combinations is especially crucial in addressing curb appeal. House and trim colors that clash can be an instant turn off to passersby. If you need help deciphering which colors most accentuate your home's architectural details, seek a design specialist and turn your home into the most exciting house on the street.

About the Author

Author
Susan Thibeault

One sentence about your real estate career (length, awards, accomplishments): Real estate has been my passion since graduating from college. In addition to real estate sales, I worked for a real estate attorney several years- an invaluable experience added to my overall knowledge of the real estate process. I have been a gold level top producer broker consistently since 2003, making Remax's hall of fame in 2015. 

Who Inspires you and why? My paternal grandmother will always be an inspiration. She followed her dream of moving to the United States at a young age by herself. She was independent and worked hard to build a life here before meeting my Grandfather. She taught me to 'take the driver's seat to get where you want to go'.

Favorite Quote: 'Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away'. 

Best advice ever received and from whom: Treat everyone the way you want to be treated. - Mom

Favorite historic building or town?  Boston!

Favorite book: 'The Boys in the Boat' by Daniel James Brown. 

What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is meeting great people and making new friends!

Three Lifestyle Tips: 1)  Have a positive attitude; 2) surround yourself with loved ones as often as possible; 3) get up and move, outdoors preferably.

As your company continues to grow, what are you most excited about? Helping improve more family's lives! 

Your funniest real estate story: After showing a listing that was always staged beautifully, my client called me and couldn't talk for a while because she was laughing so hard. She wanted to know if her cat placed her dirty underwear on the staircase before or after the showing! We love our pets, but know they don't help sell real estate. Thankfully in this case, the cat's dirty deed was post-showing! 

What most people would be surprised to know about you: I sang in a rock band back in the day!