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New shades and shade pairs from the color circle

These instructions are intended for those of you who are interested in mixing your own, unique shades. Read here how to mix your own shades of paint and how you can use the Color Circle to help you. See a few useful videos on the subject at the end of the instructions.

About using the color wheel

The color wheel has 12 segments - parts, each of which represents one color.

The disc shows how the colors relate to each other, whether they are next to each other or diametrically opposite.

The color wheel helps to mix paints.

The two-sided color wheel contains three primary colors, red, yellow, and blue, and three secondary colors, green, orange, and violet (when two primary colors are mixed together, they form a secondary color).

The color wheel also has six tertiary colors, which are a mixture of primary and secondary colors. These are red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet.

Warm colors - reds, yellows and pinks - are on the other side. Cooler shades - blues, greens and purples - are on the opposite side of the circle.

Choose a color, for example green - then turn the inner wheel of the color circle to see what it looks like when you add red to the green you chose. Turn more and you can see how the green looks when you add yellow etc.

The color circle is double-sided

Turn the color wheel and look at the color green.

Place the inner disc of the circle aligned with green, and you will see three shades of green in the inner disc view:

Shade, Tone and Tint - with marking.

Shade: your chosen color + white

Tone: your chosen color + gray

Shade: the color of your choice + black

Mix the shades yourself using the color wheel of Frenchic paints.

Our Frenchic customers have skillfully mixed their own, unique shades, which you can find in the FB group with the search term COLOR RECIPE. Join the group here!

How do you use the color wheel to create functional color combinations for home decoration?

Using the color wheel to build a color scheme also requires an understanding of different types of color schemes in terms of home decoration ideas. Look at shades using the color wheel, together with color theory, without forgetting your own preferences.

The color circle is only your helper, but trust your own opinion and use shades that you like.

However, the color circle can be of great practical use, whether you are planning large ensembles or thinking about making one beautiful shade mix.

Mixing colors is fun and by mixing the shades yourself, you can find completely unique and personal shades for your use!

A hard-working shade mixer and painter always keeps white and black paint on his shelf, because with them you can mix countless shade combinations that nevertheless fit together beautifully - a good tip for renovation and interior painters!

Monochrome color schemes

Monochromatic color schemes create a harmonious, calm atmosphere, which is currently the top trend in interior painting. Right now it is trendy to paint the ceiling and moldings in the same or almost the same shade in addition to the walls.

You can choose one main color, for example blue, and use different degrees of blue on the surfaces and in the interior, from very light, to bright, green-blue and inky blue, depending on the room and the desired atmosphere.

Contrasting colors for the brave

A contrasting color scheme uses two colors from opposite sides of the color wheel.

What would orange and blue look like together, for example – you can also use this gimmick on a small scale – for example: paint a wall blue and use an orange lamp in the interior in front of a blue wall.

Bold contrasting colors work well, for example, in retro-style interior design. Even modern interior design can withstand contrasting colors as an effect. Contrasting colors are very pleasing to the human eye.

Which colors go well together in the interior?

If you follow the color wheel, you'll find a wide range of shade options to choose from.

Some of these combinations are already familiar to you, while others you may not have come across before.

Here are some successful combinations to consider:

Yellow and Green - Hot as Mustard and Constance Moss

Green and off-white - Green With Envy and Parchment

Yellow and Blue - Daffs and Forget Me Never

Yellow and Orange - Oopsy Daisy and McFee

Blue and Red - Hornblower and Rubina

Blue and Green - Ol' Blue Eyes and Wise Old Sage

Blue and Orange - Ol'Blue Eyes and Earthy

Blue and Pink Kiss Me Sloely and Dusky Blush

Green and pink Matcha and Poppet

Play with shades and shades' intensities

A good tip is to use different saturation levels of the color.

We recommend using a lighter shade of one color and a darker shade of the other.

For example: Green and pink

Use darker green and light pink together - Guaranteed working pair! Raspberry red and fuchsia are also suitable as spices for this combination.

Finish the space with a light blue floor. Do you notice that the guarantee-safe combination is like straight from nature!

Green is now on the surface in interior design

You can naturally combine all shades of nature with green: blue, brown, terracotta, beige and black - as well as their varying degrees.

Think of the sky – the sea and the land. With these shades, you can create a cozy and natural, peaceful background for the rest of the interior of the home.

You can be bold in the shades of nature – try water tones, deep forest green and fresh sky blue.

Combine green with a soft cream shade instead of white if you want soft tones.

What to pair with gray?

Gray is still popular in interior design, you can choose pairs for gray from, for example, vibrant terracotta, blues and various reds.

Spicy shades of brown and yellow also go well with gray.

Now that you know a little more about how to use the double-sided color wheel and how to mix colors, you're sure to be inspired to create your own perfect palettes!

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