• Julian Holchaks

Colour Theory

Are you struggling to get your colour scheme sorted out? Use colour theory to help as demonstrated here courtesy of the Home Channel. using the Colour Wheel.

Primary Colours

Red, blue and yellow.

Primary colours can’t be made by mixing colours together.

Secondary Colours

Green, orange and purple.

Secondary colours are made by mixing primary colours.

Tertiary Colours

Six shades that can be made by mixing primary and secondary colours.


Refers to the brightness or deepness of a colour.

Mixing grey to the colour will affect its tone.


Refers to a shade of colour.

Adding white to a colour will change the tint.


Refers to the lightness or darkness of a colour.

Mixing black to a colour will alter the shade.

Types of Colour Wheel

There are several types of colour wheels from a simple version which only shows primary colours and the basic colours such as green, orange and purple, to the more complex with a boundless number of tints and shades.

Warm Colours

One side of the colour wheel will display the warm colours such as reds, oranges and yellows.

Cool Colours

Cool colours such as purple, blues, and greens will be on the opposite site.

Monochromatic Colours

Monochromatic colour schemes in interiors have become very popular as it’s hard to go wrong. An interior using a monochromatic palette will be using various shades of the same colour, such as blacks and greys. To find a monochromatic scheme, you’ll only be looking at one slice of the colour wheel. Here is an example:

Complimentary Colours

To discover different colours that work well together you’ll want to look at the complimentary colours. You can find these by looking across the colour wheel. For example, blues on one side and yellows on the other. Typically one colour acts as the dominant shade and the other acts as an accent. As shown here:

Analogous Colours

Analogous colours will include several slices (typically three) which sit next to each other on the colour wheel. These are colours that work well together without the contrast you’d experience by using a complimentary colour scheme. Looking at the colour wheel, you’ll see an analogous colour example such as green, blue and purple or yellow, yellow-green and green. You might want to use a rule of 70%, 20%, 10% to keep a good proportion between colours. Here is an example:

Ok. So bearing all this in mind you can use our app to choose the colour scheme for your next kitchen or bedroom project. Simply click on the image below and select any of the generic room sets. You can then change the colours of the various elements until you have a colour scheme you really love. Once you know what it is simply get in touch. We will apply your colour scheme to your personalised 3D design and help you bring your project to life.


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