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Color Wheel Basics and Bathroom Interior Design

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Bathroom interior design enters once you have put all basics of your bathroom, such as furniture, fixtures and fittings are in place.

There are a multitude of styles and types of décor that you can choose. But one thing makes or breaks the success of whatever kind of bathroom you choose. This is your choices of colors and how they affect the atmosphere of your bathroom interior design.

Furthermore, psychologists think that choice of colors not only reveals your personality but also affects your mood. Some psychologists have even designed color personality tests to measure this phenomenon.

(Read more on color personality tests)

Color Wheel

We will begin with a color wheel is and how it works. The three primary colors are red blue and yellow. All other colors are made up of these three colors in various combination. On the left of this color wheel is a wedge of blue. On the right is a wedge of red. Above is yellow. These are called the three primary colors:

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When you mix equal amounts of yellow and blue, you get green; when you mix equal amounts of yellow and red you get orange; when you mix equal amounts of red and blue you get purple. These are called the secondary colors:

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When you mix equal amounts of each secondary color with the one lying next to it, you get the tertiary colors:

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You can see that by further mixing of colors you get every color in existence. On this color wheel you can see that on the right side, ranging from bright yellow down to a rich burgundy are all the ‘warm’ colors. On the left, ranging from a pale lemony-green down to a deep purple are all the ‘cool’ colors.

Colors, also known as hues, can be mixed with black or white or a mixture of black and white, which is grey, to lighten or darken them. A tint is white mixed with a color, a tone is grey mixed with a color, and a shade is black mixed with a color.

Four Commonly Used Color Schemes

There are four very commonly used types of color scheme used for bathroom interior design. They are:

• Monochromatic color schemes. These involve using only one color throughout the bathroom, but having variations of tints, tones, and shades.

• Analogous color schemes. These color schemes use three neighboring colors on the color wheel. They will usually be either cool colors or warm colors.

• Complementary color schemes. These schemes use two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, such as yellow and purple or blue and red

• Triadic color schemes. These color schemes use three equidistant colors. In other words, the spaces between them are equal. Examples are: red, blue and yellow, or burgundy, light orange and turquoise.

The color you select will depend on what is going on in surrounding rooms, and the style of the home. It should blend, but doesn't need to be boring.

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