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Session # 5 World of Color-Part 1

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Color is all around us – embrace it!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Welcome to session # 5 The Wonderful world of color Part 1

There is so much to cover I decided to break this session into 2 parts so we can uncover and embrace the undeniable power of color!

 I thought I would start this session with one of my favorite quotes

“Creativity Takes Courage”

This is just one of many profound quotes from French artist

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse is known for his use of colour and original draughtsman ship. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century

His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art

Here are just a few of his famous paintings

See more of his work : www.wikiart.org/en/henri-matisse

So now that we have had our history lesson for the day (LOL)

Let’s get to the fun stuff – designing with color

Our first stop is the color wheel

A favorite of designers and artists, the wheel makes color relationships easy to see by dividing the spectrum into 12 basic hues: three primary colors, three secondaries, and six tertiary or (intermediate colors)

The secret to why some color combos sail and others fail all comes down to color theory — and that brilliant tool, the color wheel

Primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. These colors are pure — you can’t create them from other colors, and all other colors are created from them. Secondary colors are orange, green, and violet. They line up between the primaries on the color wheel because they are formed when equal parts of two primary colors are combined. Tertiary colors are formed by mixing a primary color with a secondary color next to it on the color wheel. With each blending — primary with primary, then primary with secondary — the resulting hues become less vivid, as seen in the color wheel opposite

The color wheel will help you mix colors to get palettes with varying degrees of contrast

There are (3) common types of color schemes:

Monochromatic Scheme:

These tone-on-tone combinations use several shades (adding brown) and tints (adding white) of a single hue for a subtle palette. A monochromatic scheme is not only for neutrals, it can be used with any color Combinations

Analogous Scheme:

For a bit more contrast, an analogous palette includes colors found side by side on the wheel, such as orange, yellow, and green, for a colorful but relaxing feel

Complementary Scheme: 

This is the most dynamic yet simple color scheme. Using two hues opposite each other on the color wheel, such as blue and orange, is guaranteed to add energy to any room

Color can also affect emotional responses and create a mood. Greens tend to soothe, for instance, while yellows are uplifting and energetic. Bold reds are passionate and daring, but soft pink (a tint of red) is considered sweet and delicate. Blues are perceived as calming and quiet; oranges are warm and cozy; and purple, a truly complex color, can be seen as sexy or spiritual. Colors are considered warm or cool because of association. In our minds we compare reds, oranges, and yellows with the warmth of the sun and fire. Blues, greens, and violets are cool because of their association with water, sky, and foliage. As you create a color palette, your scheme should never be all warm colors or all cool colors. Let one dominate and set the overall tone of the room, but be sure to include elements that offer contrast

Cool Colors
Warm Colors

Professional Tip:

Your color scheme can be decided by your geographical location. . If you live in a warm, coastal or tropical climate you may be more inclined to design with a cool color palette. If you live in a cold, mountainous climate, you would be more inclined to design with a warm color scheme

The basic neutrals are: Black, white, brown, and gray

Designing a room with a neutral color palette is the easiest and for most people the most pleasing

But don’t be fooled ! a neutral color scheme does not equal boring. In most cases it’s just the opposite. A neutral color scheme projects warmth, elegance and sophistication

I think this is where we should stop, and continue next Saturday with more exciting ways to design with color

Please join me next Saturday for part 2 of The Wonderful World of Color

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Terri Ortega

Terri Ortega

Terri Ortega is a professional interior designer. She started Back to Basics Interior Design in 2019 with a mission to teach the basic guidelines of good design. Instead of just showing photos of beautifully designed rooms, she wanted to share with everyone the skills and tools to achieve the same professional results in their own homes.

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