Choosing a Color Scheme
How to use Color
Whether you choose Duncan, Mayco or Western glazes, it is important to know how colors go together. Choosing the colors for your ceramic project should be an easy matter. But sometimes you need to sit down and think about how your ceramics will look in the room in which you intend them to reside. Today glazes come in a wide variety of colors and textures. Think about color relationships before you add that fushia colored teapot to your Chinese red room. Here are a few basic guidelines to get you started.
The following color charts show the basic colors and
their relationship to each other. In addition to the basic colors there are the
color characteristics, which are: Hue, Shade and Value. When choosing colors
for a project there are many things to consider. Where will the object be
placed? What other colors are in the room or area? Should you choose colors to
harmonize with the surroundings or contrast? Make your decisions carefully, but
don't be afraid to play with colors and shades. The colors you surround
yourself with should reflect your personality. Have fun and
Hue is the actual color,
whether primary or secondary.
The chart above is a standard color wheel showing the primary colors - red, blue and yellow - and the secondary colors - green, orange and purple, and shades in between.
The charts below show the different choices you have when it comes to choosing colors for a project.
Colors are colors from the opposite side of the color wheel. Red
and green, blue and orange, or yellow and violet are all examples of
Red, yellow, orange and brown are considered warm
colors. Blue, purple, green and gray are considered cool colors. Brown and gray
are neutral colors. Black and white are also neutrals, but are not considered
actual colors. Pale colors are considered to be more feminine, and darker
colors more masculine. Strong, vivid colors are dramatic, and natural shades
are more tranquil. Decide what look you hope to achieve then choose your color
scheme to match.
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