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The Theory Of Colour

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The Theory Of Colour Colour surrounds us and as such will impact, critically, on the way we feel. Certain colours and colour combinations or tone are mood enhancing making us feel happy, peaceful or energised, other colours will make us make us feel sad, angry, agitated or subdued. Business, fashion and the media make full use of their understanding of colour to achieve their aims and this often results in colour trends that will make certain colours or combinations being dated and others modern or up to the minute. The considered use of colour and tone can also make locations or items more attractive and thus increase sales or create environments where sales are enhanced. E.g. In hotels or restaurants colour can be used to create an ambience such as classical to ensure that customers will return and high prices charged. ...read more.


formal, cosy. Pragmatically it will need to include the consideration of furnishings, the purpose of the room, the geography of the room, lighting and costs. It is also very important to know when the room is likely to be used the most as colours are dramatically affected by the quality of light. That is to say a colour scheme will look quite different in the evening than it will in the daytime. Rooms that are used frequently tend to lend themselves to a lighter colour treatment. If, however a room has an abundance of light the palette used can be wide and dramatic. It is important to also consider the source of light in a room as a north facing, day time room, with little light will benefit from colours that bring warmth, light & energy into the room as depicted: - North facing = Yellows, reds and pink South ...read more.


Tertiary colours are achieved by mixing one primary and one secondary colour together. Thus blue (primary) mixed with purple (secondary) creates blue violet (tertiary). See attached colour wheel. TONE & HUE The tone of a colour refers to how light or dark it is. When we add white to a colour we have a tint and when we add black we have a shade. The addition of grey - both white and black, to a colour creates a depth of colour called a tone (Please see attached) Hue is the correct name for colour & it is important to note that the best use both hue and tone will provide a successful colour scheme for a room & this includes mixing separate colours to the same tone. Restricting darker or lighter shades to small areas such as skirting and rails. Colour + White = Tint Colour + Black = Shade Colour + Grey = Tone ...read more.

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