Colour Advice

Create Your Perfect World with the Right Colours

Imagine being immersed in the world of colours…

The choices and combinations of colours are limitless, and it is certainly not easy to choose the right combination that suits your taste and preferences. Although the right combinations of colours are not confined by any rules, here are some basic guides for your reference and inspirations:

Introducing the colour wheel


Colours on the colour wheel can be classified based on the colour compositions, namely the primary colours, secondary colours, and tertiary colours.

There are three primary colours: red, yellow, and blue. These three colours form the foundation of human colour perception, and cannot be made by mixing other colours. The secondary colours are the mixtures of the three primary colours: orange (red+yellow), green (yellow+blue), and purple (blue+red). The tertiary colours are the combination of a primary colour and a secondary colour. Red and orange can be mixed to make vermilion, orange and yellow for amber, yellow and green for chartreuse, green and blue for teal, blue and purple for violet, and finally, mixing purple and red makes magenta.

These colours can be further altered by making them into colours of different values, i.e., into tints and shades. Tints are colours made by mixing with white, while shades with black. For example, pink is a tint of red, and maroon is a shade of red.

With this knowledge in hand, we can further explore into some wonderful colour schemes:

i. Monochromatic colour scheme

This colour uses the different intensity and values of a single colour to produce a simplistic design.

ii. Analogous colour scheme

Analogous or adjacent colour schemes use two or more different colours that are adjacent to each other on the colour wheel, giving more variety, yet a harmonious environment.

iii. Complementary colour scheme

In this scheme, colours which are opposite to each other on the colour wheel, such as red and green are used. These combinations produce good contrast, bringing liveliness and energy to the environment.

iv. Triad colour scheme

Triad colour schemes combine three colours that are equidistant on the colour wheel, such as the combination of green, purple, and orange. These schemes bring both variety and vividness to the surrounding while maintaining harmony. For best results, it is best to use one dominant colour, and the other two as accompanying colours.

The possibilities for colour connection is infinite, visit your closest KCC ColourBank Centre to experiment and experience the world of colours now!