1. Color Wheel
Creating your own color wheel is not only fun but can also be very helpful. Just try it!
Here I have a free template for you to download: Basic Color Wheel
2. Primary Colors
With the three primary colors yellow, red and blue you can mix almost all other colors.
If you mix all three primary colors together you obtained black.
3. Secondary Colors
The secondary colors orange, purple and green can be mixed with two primary colors.
4. Complementary Colors
Complementary colors are located on the opposite of the color wheel. When you put two complementary colors side by side, they intensify their visual impact each other (complementary contrast). The mixed result of two complementary colors is gray.
5. Color Temperature
The colors can be divided into cold and warm colors.
Yellow, orange and red belong to the warm colors. Purple, blue and green belong to the cold colors. Warm colors appear closer to us than cooler colors.
On my next example, you can easily see the different effects of warm and cold colors.
It’s nice to keep the knowledge of color theory in mind as you color by intuition.