Color Wheel Theory : Design & Chart

Which two colors, when combined, resonate or complement each other? If a particular shade of green would go with yellow? These are the questions that arise when you start choosing colors for designing interfaces and their elements. This is the place where the color wheel comes into the picture to tell you precisely What Colours go together?

Color Wheel

It is a tool or a circle that represents the relationships between various colors. It helps us in achieving different color schemes and combinations. It comprises 12 basic colors, which, when combined in perfect harmony, provides you with thousands of various tones and tints. You can call it a color wheel chart as well.

What is a hue?

The purest form of color is a hue. It is also the dominant color family when we are trying to mix colors.

What is a tint?

When the color white is added to a hue, we get a tint. A tint is the lighter form of a color, but it doesn’t make it bright.

What is a shade?

Trying adding black to a hue, the outcome of this mixing is called a shade. The shade is the darker form of a color.
In our previous blog, we have talked about the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors of the color theory wheel. Here is the link to the blog.
There are various applications and tools that come real handy. Like, to pick a particular color from an image, they can easily generate multiple combinations and much more. Adobe Color Wheel is one such example.

What is the Adobe Color Wheel?

Adobe Color Wheel is an online tool that helps you choose and create harmonious color schemes and combinations for designing user interfaces. It has various color schemes pre-defined. Like, analogous, complementary, etc. also the option to choose a tint or shade of a particular color.
You need to select the color scheme, and the wheel automatically highlights the places where the corresponding colors are placed. E.g. In the case of a complementary color scheme, it arranges the indicators on the colors placed exactly opposite to each other.
You are also provided with an option to create your custom color theme.

You can give it a try- Adobe Color

Rashika Ahuja