EXPLORING COLOUR THEORY
BASIC COLOUR WHEEL
Here’s an exercise you might find useful to get started with colour. Choose one of the starting points below to create a colour palette.
• A collection – art, pottery, old ads, rugs, travel memorabilia
• The view from your house – landscapes, water, potted plants
• The history of your house – architectural period colours
• Lifestyle – for example, if you want to create a sense of wellbeing, you may want to select colours that feel restful and calming.
Collate 6-10 colours from paint charts to represent your starting point and make a few notes to describe that collection of colours.
A basic understanding of colour theory can come in handy to give your palette more complexity and interest. Don’t worry we won’t get too bogged down in the detail.
First, we have a colour wheel which shows primary colours (colours that can’t be created from others ie red, yellow and blue) alongside the secondary colours that are formed by mixing two primaries (green, orange and purple).