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The Combination of Colors in the Design Process

Ever noticed how the right combination of colors can brighten your mood? It turns out that color plays a major role in how you perceive a certain product. More than 50% (and sometimes up to 90%) of your opinion is based on it. So, let’s take a look at some guidelines to choose the right hues. 

Have you wondered why some products seem to have a strong effect on our mood and even behavior? It’s not only their design that impacts us. The colors of a product can influence your feelings and emotions and have a direct influence on your health. So, when choosing the right combination of colors, it shouldn’t be a random process guided only by your personal taste. To get the desired reaction, it’s important to be conscious of how hues work together. 

You can even use this knowledge to choose the right range of shades for the rooms in your house. Get some essential tools for home makeover and paint your walls for a soothing and calming effect. 

But what is a good combination of colors? Keep reading, and you’ll find out. This article goes through the basics of color theory, the visual effects, and offers some useful tips for choosing the right palette. Sounds good?

air airship balloon bright 237779The Basics of Combination of Colors

Color theory is basically a term for a set of principles guiding the use of color in design and art. It helps you put together schemes that have the maximum aesthetic allure. But that’s not all: palettes help to deliver your design message. They affect not only the viewer’s eyes, but also their psychology. 

The beginning of modern color theory can be traced back to Isaac Newton. The color wheel he came up with lays out three different types of hues. These are: 

  • Primary: yellow, blue, red. 
  • Secondary: green, orange, purple, etc. You can create these by blending two from the primary section.
  • Intermediate: red-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, etc. Created by mixing the first two.

The design process for picking colors is still pretty much based on this color wheel. Before we get into combining, let’s look at their meaning. 

Meaning of Colors

mika baumeister O91CMFew8mY unsplashSurprisingly enough, there are no universal meanings for a combination of colors. Every culture assigns its own meaning to specific tints. Although people are affected by color very differently, and every reaction is individual, there are some meanings for certain hues that are more widely known. 

Let’s look at the primary ones, for example. 

  • Red is exciting. It symbolizes passion and anger. 
  • Blue signifies trustworthiness and intellect. Darker shades of blue are also commonly associated with sadness. 
  • Yellow expresses creative forces and optimism. People usually have a strong emotional response to it. But beware: a lot of cultures also associate yellow with cowardice. 

After defining some possible meanings, you also need to combine colors in an attractive way. This makes your product communicates with your target audiences effectively. Or, maybe, you’re planning to give your rooms a new look? Let us show you how to improve your design process for interior picking colors that create the most harmonious combinations. 

Choosing the Right Combination for Desired Visual Effect

optical glass triangular prism 3845161There are five most commonly used color schemes. They all create a sense of harmony in your palette. 

  • Analogous. A mix of colors close to each other on the color wheel. For example, orange put together with blue. This combination is considered beautiful by most people. 
  • Complementary. High contrast hues that are on the opposite sides of the color wheel. This combination creates a striking image. 
  • Split-complementary. This scheme is created by using both the analogous and complementary combinations.  
  • Triadic. You can create this scheme by picking three shades from the wheel that are at the same distance from each other. 
  • Tetradic. To get this combination, you select two sets of complementary colors and put the pairs together. 

By now, you’re probably wondering what will come out of a combination of all colors. Is the black combination of all colors? Not so. You can get a rich black by mixing blue with brown. But technically black is just the complete absence of visible light. Believe it or not, but it’s white the combination of all colors. White light contains every color of the rainbow. 

Well-thought-out palettes and combinations can elicit powerful emotional responses. If you’re looking for ways to effectively communicate your brand’s message, or simply paint your walls to a more pleasant hue, then knowing color the

Theory can help you do that. So, go ahead and study the topic. After some experimentation, you’ll be able to start creating emotionally compelling color combinations. 

 What did you think of our article? Was it enough for an introduction to the fascinating world of colors? Leave comments below; we’d love to hear from you!

Author’s Bio: 

Kevin is a content writer for about 3 years. He studied Design and Arts at College in Pennsylvania. A fan of home interior design and, he has taken it upon himself to spread his love for decorating homes by informing people on some of his ideas through his articles.



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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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