Color wheel decorating utilizes the basics of the color wheel to decorate!
You remember the color wheel from grade school art class, don't you? It's that little wheel that artists use that have all the colors along the edge. The primary colors - red, yellow and blue - which are the colors everything is derived from, sit at the edges and the combinations of those mixed together are in between. Every color can be represented with the exception of the neutral colors such as taupe, gray, tan etc....
Colors For Color Wheel Decorating. The color wheel consists of your 3 primary colors, along with the secondary and tertiary colors. As mentioned before the primary colors are red, yellow and blue. The secondary colors are the mixes of each primary with it's neighbor - green, orange and purple. The tertiary colors are the mixes of one primary and one secondary color - yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow green. They all form a wheel that looks like this:
Color wheel decorating can help you to match up colors that will look good together before you go out and buy all the wrong stuff! You can use the wheel to find complimentary and related colors. Depending on how you want to decorate, you may vary the intensity of these colors, but the wheel will tell you which colors to choose.
Complementary Colors. These colors sit across from each other on the color wheel. When using color wheel decorating, you want to pick your main color - say you want to use yellow, then look at the wheel and what is across from yellow = purple. You may go a shade or 2 either way (yellow and a purply blue perhaps) but when decorating with complimentary colors, it is best to keep to the same intensity. Also, you don’t want to introduce a lot of other colors into this decorating scheme as it may get too confusing to have too much color.
Related Colors. These colors sit next to each other on the wheel. Again, look at your color wheel decorating chart and pick the color you want to be the main color. How about a blue-green aqua. Make that the main color in the room and work in the colors on either side which are blue and mint green.
Monochromatic Colors. This color scheme can be very effective as you simply use a dominating color in different intensities. Pick a color for the main color and use darker and lighter values of it for the accents. This works great with the neutral colors, but can be effective in any color palette.