When we get ready to paint our house, we are always in doubt which color to choose or which to combine it with, right?

Among the many tools we need to resolve these dilemmas and by pressing a color or color palette, a color wheel it is the most powerful of all.

Learn to use it and interpret it correctly, which we will see in this article, you will be able to choose the right colors to paint and decorate your home.

So let’s see how a chromatic wheel works and how we can use it to paint our house and combine colors.

The first thing we need to know is its basic structure and the way it is composed.

We’ll see how to choose colors later, but first you need to know the basics of the circle to do it right.

And this is:

Primary colors and secondary colors on the color reel


The chromatic circle is born of three basic colors which are:

Red, yellow and blue.

These three primary colors must be added to the secondary colors, which are obtained by combining the first. So that:

  • If we mix red with yellow we get Orange. (Secondary color)
  • If we mix yellow with blue, we get it green. (Secondary color)
  • If we mix blue and red, we get it Violet. (Secondary color)

AND by combining basic colors: (Red, yellow and blue) between secondary colors: (Orange, green and purple), we get the rest chromatic colors of circles.

Now that we know the colors of the color wheel and how it is assembled, we will interpret the position of the color in the circle.

With this detail, already you can start choosing and combining colors correctly.

Complementary colors on the color reel

Complementary colors on the color reel

Complementary colors are those that are placed in a circle diametrically opposite each other.

In this way we can see that yellow is complementary to purple, or that red is complementary to green, or blue to orange.

Depending on the position of the colors, we will know which colors are complementary.

So, let’s give an example that you want to paint your walls green, but you also want to know which color combines with green to add details in another color that combines with green.

If you use a color wheel and rely on a complementary color palette, which we are currently seeing, purple or lilac would be one of the colors you can choose.

As you can see in the chromatic circle, purple is complementary to green, so you already know for sure that purple will look and combine well with green.

This can be done with any color you want to use and combine.

Just looking at its complementary color, you will be able to see which colors combine with that color and choose the right ones to decorate and paint your house.

This is when it comes to a complementary color palette, but there are other ways to select a successful color or combine colors using the color wheel, for example, a triad color palette.

Triad colors on a color reel

Triad colors on a color reel

The triad colors on the color reel are those that are equidistant from each other. As you can see on the top color wheel.

They are all separated by exactly the same number of colors. They are at the same distance from each other.

So, if you want to paint your house with one color, and then you need two more to create a harmonious and balanced color palette, you can apply a triad color palette and thus match those colors.

Let’s set an example. Imagine you want to paint your living room blue. Like the one we see below:

Triad colors for painting and decorating the house

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As you can see, the walls are painted blue, and there is a blue sofa.

And the other colors, yellow and hot pink, which are triadic colors of yellow, as you can see on the top color wheel, combine perfectly.

Don’t think you have to put all three colors in the same amount. In fact, I do not advise it.

What I advise you is to put one as a background or as a bright color, and the other two in accents, as we see above these lines, which followed the rule of 60% – 30% – 10%.

Another way you have to use the chromatic wheel to select and combine colors to paint and decorate your home with an analog color palette, which we just see:

Analogous colors at the chromatic point

Analogous colors at the chromatic point

Analog colors on a color reel are those that are next to each other. That is, those who are right next to him.

In the circle we see above these lines we see, for example, that the analogous colors yellowish green are pure green and yellow.

This can be done with any color. Imagine you want to paint your bedroom green, like the bedroom we see below:

If we look at similar green colors in the chromatic circle, we see that we have bluish green and blue, like the ones in the bedroom above these lines, and as you can see, they are perfect.

This is another way to choose colors to paint and decorate your home in the right way.

What’s more, the analog color palette is a softer color palette than the others, because it uses colors that are close to each other, and the contrast is softer than, for example, with a triad color palette.

We have already seen 3 ways to use a chromatic circle or its interpretation for proper color selection, let’s see the fourth.

Same colors, different shades: Tone system

System or tone color palette of wheels for painting and decorating the house

Another chromatic palette for decorating our house and combining colors that we can get by studying the chromatic circle is combining the same color but in different tones.

This is what is called a solid color palette.

That is, we use only one color, but with different shades of light and saturation. Take a look at the bedroom below so you can see more clearly what I mean:

Solid color palette in green for decorating and painting the bedroom

Photo of Thrifty Decor Chick

Green color is used, but in different tones, so in addition to ensuring that the colors combine with each other, we also create a monochrome palette.

You can now use these four methods use a chromatic wheel to decorate your home with the right color combination, but there is one last very important detail you should also know about the color wheel:

Warm colors and cool colors


The chromatic circle is also divided into two parts, in order to offer us warm and cool colors.

Warm colors are yellow, orange, red and all its combinations, such as earthy, brown, beige, etc.

Cool colors are blue, green and purple, and all their combinations, such as turquoise, blue-green, petrol blue, etc.

In addition, they can be combined with each other without any problems. We can use cool and warm tones in the same space.

Therefore, it is worth knowing which are warm and which are cold so that you can choose the right colors according to the environment and decoration that you want to achieve in your home.

Imagine that you want to paint your bedroom with a fresh and relaxing atmosphere. So, you need to choose cool colors, which are relaxing and cool. Like these 22 relaxing colors for painting the bedroom.

If, on the contrary, you want to paint your bedroom or any other space and create a cozy and warm atmosphere, then you need to choose warm colors to create that atmosphere, like these warm and cozy colors for painting the walls.

Well, knowing that, you can already correctly interpret the color wheel to combine and choose colors to decorate and paint your home.

Of course, if you have questions, leave a comment that I will be happy to answer.

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