The colour wheel: how to use it to choose great colours for your site


Use the Colour wheel to understand combinations of colours

The Colour Wheel offers an easy way of understanding and effectively using colour combinations

Choosing a colour scheme for your web site can be pretty daunting as it’s just so important to get it right.

Colour deeply influences the overall look and feel of a website and can form the first impression about your company for visitors.

There are of course so many different combinations that actually coming to a decision on what colour scheme you want for your site can be very hard!

One such fantastic and easy way to understand combinations of colours and help you decide on a colour scheme is to use the colour wheel.

The colour wheel or colour circle is the basic tool for combining colours and is designed so that virtually any colours you pick from it will look good together.

Traditionally, there are a number of colour combinations that are considered especially pleasing. These are called colour harmonies or colour chords and they consist of two or more colours with a fixed relation in the colour wheel.

See www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/color-theory/color-theory-intro.htm for further details and explanations on:

  • Primary, secondary and tertiary colours
  • Warm and cool colours
  • Tints, shades, and tones
  • Colour schemes including:
    • Complementary
    • Analogous
    • Triadic
    • Split-complementary
    • Rectangle (tetradic)
    • Square

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