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05.15.2006

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color-ama color basics for the home decorating newbie by Yee-Fan Sun 1 2 3 4
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But eek, you color-phobes are going, that leaves open too many possibilities! For those who prefer a more formulaic approach to color-picking, try these tactics.

Roll over any of the colors in the corresponding wheels to view complementary, split complementary, analagous and triadic color schemes for any hue. (If you're having problems, your browser may be blocking the content. Inform it to allow the content for the page and you should be all set.)

Complementary colors (very different colors): two colors that sit exactly opposite each other on the wheel; very punchy
Split complementary colors (fairly different colors): combines a color with the two colors that sit adjacent to its complement; good when you want something a little peppy but not scream-in-your-face loud
Analagous colors (similar colors): colors that sit right next to each on the color wheel; creates a subtly harmonious effect
Triadic colors (very different colors): three colors that are equidistant on the color wheel; fairly punchy, though primary and secondary triads tend to seem punchier than tertiary triads

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