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Let's talk color 101

The language of color.
In order to understand color, first you need to learn the language.

It may seem foreign at first, but as you become accustomed to the terms, color will make more sense.

In the Harrisburg area, there are many choices for buying paint but few will explain the details that make one color different from another. Here are a few key things to know and understand about color for your next paint project.
 

HUE - A specific color family, such as blue or yellow.

VALUE - The lightness or darkness of a color, as compared to a neutral gray scale.- Indicates the saturation, or brightness, of a color.

CHROMA - Indicates the saturation, or brightness, of a color

PRIMARY COLORS - Hues that cannot be made by mixing other colors together - red, yellow and blue.

SECONDARY COLORS - Hues made by combining two primary colors - orange, green and purple.

ADJACENT COLORS - Colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel, such as yellow and green-yellow or blue and purple-blue.

MONOCHROMATIC - A color scheme that uses various values and chromas of one hue.

ANALGOUS - A color scheme that uses various values and chromas of two hues that are next to each other on the color wheel.

DIAD - A color scheme that uses two hues that are located two colors apart on the color wheel, such as yellow and red or blue and purple.

TRIAD - A color scheme that uses three hues that are equidistant on the color wheel, such as red, yellow and blue.

TETRAD - A color scheme that uses four hues that are equally spaced on the color wheel.

COMPLEMENTARY COLORS - Hues that appear opposite each other on the color wheel.

SPLIT-COMPLIMENTARY - A color scheme that combines a hue and the two colors adjacent to its complement.

ANALGOUS-COMPLIMENTARY - A color scheme that combines two adjacent colors and the complement of one of those two hues.

DOUBLE-COMPLIMENTARY - A color scheme that combines two hues and both of their complements.

Take time to understand color and avoid costly mistakes.

Armed with all the info, pick a color and add it to your world.

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