There are 7 million colours distinguishable to the human eye.
So picking out paint colours can be an extremely confusing experience, leaving you racked with indecision as you peruse swatches from paint companies seemingly intent on driving you crazy!
Trying to figure out which of those colours will mix harmoniously on your living room wall is enough to make you turn straight to the ecru and eggshell-white family and never leave.
One way to go, however, is to use a complementary colour scheme. Proving the rule that opposites attract, these pairings can always be found at opposite ends from each other on a paint colour wheel. When put together, they bring out the best in each other, making both colours look cleaner and brighter than if either were mixed with, say, a neutral grey or a different shade of the same hue.
An essential tool for paint pros everywhere, the colour wheel is constructed to help you see the relationships between different hues. The bases are three primary colours: red, blue and yellow. These are then combined to make the three secondary colours: orange, green, and purple. Finally, the remaining six colours on the wheel are known as tertiary colours and are mixes of the secondary colours, including such hues as red-orange and blue-green.
Familiarising yourself with the colour wheel can help you understand how to best mix and match a cool colour with a warm one, for a naturally balanced room.
The Colour Wheel