The Power of Color – Color Wheels from KLC School of Design

The KLC School of Design Offers a Free University MOOC The Power of Color on FutureLearn. The Following video is a quick overview of the Color Wheel and how to extract color schemes from the color wheel Here

Adding contrasted colors make the design pop. Use color contrast to add interest and drama.

Contrasted Colors Draw the Viewers Eye and Thereby, the Contrasted Color Is Raised in Visual Hierarchy.
Note: The Amount of Accents Should be Much Less that the Other Colors.

In the above image, the orange candles accent the bluish room. Orange and Blue are complements,

In the following image, reddish orange [cadminum red] accents the green, Red and Green are complements.

The More Muted Colors Allow places for the Eyes to Rest.

Contrast Can Be Achieved When Fully Saturated Complementary Colors Are Used Together. Complementary Colors Are Located Directly Across from Each Other on the Color Wheel.

A Shade is Created by Adding Black.
A Tint is Created by Adding White.

The yellow of the bunk beds above is a fully saturated hue – yellow.
The gradation shows how the yellow would be changed by adding black.

The gray of the walls was mixed from shades of yellow + white. It isa good practice to mix your darkest blacks and grays from the accent colors.



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