The human eye sees about
7 MILLION COLORS.
THE COLOR WHEEL Color-Wheel Spin
WARM COLORS come toward you,
COMPLEMENTARY COLORS op-
while cool colors recede. To cre-
pose each other on the wheel, and
ate depth, use warm colors in the
they’re thought to complete each
foreground, then add cool ones in
other. The Impressionists added
tiny, barely perceptible dots of a
Even in fabric, there’s a tendency to create a cool background so smaller areas of warm, bright color
color’s complement so we would perceive a hue as more vibrant. The classic strategy? Let one
will pop (like a red buoy in the
color dominate and use its op-
ocean or dandelions in a meadow).
posite as an accent. If both colors
A bright, warm color can actu-
are fully saturated, they’ll bounce—
ally cause our temperature and
especially in spots where large
blood pressure to rise and our
amounts of each, like a wall and
pulse to quicken. COOL COLORS
a floor covering, come up against
do just the opposite.
one another. Tone them down; add
As a rule, warm colors arouse
a bit of each to the other; use a lot
our energy and cool colors calm
of white, gray, or black.
us. But you also have to think about brilliance and saturation.
SPLIT COMPLEMENTS, or TRIADS, are the two colors on either
Intense cool colors (like a rich
side of a color’s complement. Us-
periwinkle blue or a bright Kelly
ing this kind of color scheme adds
green) will outshout pale warm
a little nuance and tension.
colors (like a delicate pink or soft buttercup yellow).
ANALOGOUS COLOR SCHEMES use colors that are next to each other, for example, blues, bluegreens, and greens. This is a strong way to create a warm or cool mood; the only danger is that you’ll tire of it.
MAY JUN 2012
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BEHR PAINT
You’re Getting Warmer…
Published on May 9, 2012
In my internship with St. Louis Magazine I created some illustrations for the folor feature in the St. Louis AT HOME Magazine.