What are the Primary Colors?

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What are the Primary Colors?

Colors are an inevitable part of our world. Everything that we touch, see or feel has colour. Also, we have learned to add colors to images during high school using varied types of colors. So, we must know what are primary colors? These are colors that cannot be created on mixing other colors. They are colors in their own right. 

The three primary colors are RED, YELLOW AND BLUE. Also, primary colors are mixed together to formulate ‘Secondary Colors’.

Let us look at the  mixture patterns to be followed in order to create secondary colors:

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1.    YELLOW+BLUE=GREEN
2.    BLUE+RED=PURPLE
3.    RED+YELLOW=ORANGE

The three primary colors can be combined with black and white  to create lighter tones also known as ‘Tints’ and darker hues also known as ‘shades’ of these colors. Most of the primary colors are considered warm but ‘Blue’ is one colour which is responsible for majorirs.

Primary colors form other colors but themselves are less common, in interior design than their derivatives. We get to see a lot of light yellow, different shades of blue and a ton of green but don’t get to see much of true shades. One reason for this might be because primary colors in their true forms are often linked with childhood. But, we can’t deny the fact that they are also the colors of modern art, comic books and pop art. They have a huge impact when are used together. They are bold and straight forward. Many times we get to see them combined with geometric shapes in modern design. But most often, we get them to see in small things such as a painting, a chair, or in muted derivations  like light blue, turquoise and pinks.

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If you have you noticed, primary colours  look good with bright white and gray tones and also other styles, they can go a little wilder. You see them sometimes in richly patterned rugs.

There is a way to use primary colours in design. Try to use only one or two hues at a time. When using red ,yellow and blue together. Keep one or two colors in the pure hues and mute down the third by choosing a color that either has a bit more black or white or leans slightly to the right or left of the color wheel.

You could create rest for the eye by using different colors and textures in the space. Also, when working with a primary scheme, feel free to add in additional colors and textures.

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