How to use a Colour Wheel
The colour wheel comes from colour theory, which is a set of “rules” regarding the pairing and use of colours. If you’ve ever tried to pair certain colours together that just don’t look good, but you can’t put you finger on why, these rules can help. An entire book can be written about colour theory, so we’ve summarized the types of colour combinations you can create using a colour wheel, for the purpose of choosing paint colours. You can pick a colour wheel up from any craft supply or art store like Michaels or DeSerres. You can also google “colour wheel” and use a digital version instead (like the photo to the left).
1. Analogous Colour Combination
2. Triadic Colour Combination
3. Complementary Colours
4. Split Complementary Colours
5. Tetradic Colour Combination
Tetradic colour combinations are made up of 2 sets of complimentary colours, for example green-red and orange-blue. This colour combination is helpful in creating a variety of colours that do not compete for attention because they balance each other out. If you need help or advice when it comes to choosing colours, Alpha & Omega Painting offers free colour consultations.