Choosing colors is often the first step of starting a new project. Some of us have a signature color palette we prefer to work in, or a designer may have a particular person in mind if they’re making a commission or gift. On those occasions when you want to break out of your usual designs or have a bead hanging around in a unique color, try turning to a color wheel.Color wheels have been in use since the early 1700s and are now most frequently used by artists and designers as a guide for paint or other product selection. Most wheels start with the very basic primary colors of blue, red and yellow and then are divided up into the secondary colors of green, orange and violet, and every shade in between! You can use a color wheel to find two types of colors that work well together, harmonizing colors and complementary colors. Colors that harmonize are found near one another on the color wheel like aqua and blue. Complementary or contrasting colors, like purple and yellow, are found opposite each other on the color wheel.
I used the color wheel we have at FusionBeads.com to help me decide on these complimentary round Czech glass beads for my next colorful bracelet design.Swarovski also has a wonderful color wheel tool online called the Color Carousel. With one click and drag of your mouse, you can choose one of Swarovski’s signature colors and find out not only that shade’s harmonizing color, but also its complementary color. Swarovski’s color palette is so large that while their color wheel is perfect for selecting Swarovski products, it can be used to develop a color palette for any project!
Have you used a color wheel for your designs before? Share with us in the comments below.
Happy Tuesday! – Allie