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Complimentary colors: The benefits of color wheels

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A “color wheel” is a circular illustration that depicts the organization of colors, categorized by hues, and lists all the shades that exist on the color spectrum. Additionally, color wheels visualize the relationships between primary colors, secondary colors, achromatic colors and complementary colors.

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Although classic color wheels describe a picture or illustration of a circle with many colors within it, modern day color wheels can be hands-on tools that offer a physical color tab for each and every shade. Such color wheels are excellent for purposes of hands-on teaching about shades and hues and gradients—especially with young children. Best of all, these tools are very affordable! Such color wheels can be purchased on Amazon for under $10:

Unsurprisingly, many color wheels can also be found online. As technology becomes more and more ingrained in everyday life there is an app for seemingly everything and color wheels are no different. ColorSchemer is just one such example of this merge between technology and color information. ColorSchemer is an app that can help users create millions of palettes and it can be downloaded free of charge:

A simple Google search of the words “color wheel” will reveal an abundance of websites that offer virtual guides and explanations of many unique color shades. The color wheel system is an excellent way to teach youngsters about the relationships between colors and how people incorporate colors into their everyday lives.



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