Understanding Colors Can Add To Your Enjoyment

Color Wheel for Adult Coloring

Some people find that understanding color helps them with their adult coloring projects. Most color wheels are either too complicated (lots of sections and subsections) or too simple to be of value. In fact many of the color wheels online do not have the colors laid out properly on the wheel to show the color relationships.

Adult Coloring - Color Wheel

Primary Colors: The primary colors are red, yellow and blue.

Secondary Colors: Two primary colors can be mixed to create a secondary color: orange (from red and yellow), green (from yellow and blue), or violet (from blue and red).

Tertiary Colors: The combination of a primary color with a secondary color creates another color called a tertiary color. Yellow-green is an example of a tertiary color.

Complimentary Colors: Complementary colors are directly across from one another on a properly laid-out color wheel and share no common colors. Blue and orange are examples of complementary colors.

Warm Colors:
Warm colors are often said to be hues from red through yellow, browns and tans included. They tend to make you think of sun/sunlight, heat, fire and warmer temperatures.

Cool Colors: Cool colors are often said to be the hues from blue green through blue violet, most grays included. They tend to make you think of water, sky, ice and cooler temperatures.

Analagous Colors: Colors next to one another on the color wheel are called analogous (it means “related”). Analogous colors share a common color and usually appear to be in harmony. An example would be green, blue-green and blue.

Shades of a single color.

Ultimately choosing colors for your adult coloring projects is a personal choice. It’s fine to use colors that are personally appealing to you. Letting your instincts, gut, feelings, whatever drives you, to help you choose colors is great.