What is A Color Wheel?

Color obviously plays a large part of interior design. A color wheel, based on red, yellow and blue, is traditional in the field of art and design. The first circular diagram of colors was developed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.

Color theory is applicable in your everyday life, even if you didn’t know it was.


Have you ever stood in your closet and wondered what color combos you could wear that day? Or what colors you could introduce into a room in your house that would work well with your existing items? Enter the color wheel:


The color wheel is a visual representation of colors that are arranged in a manner that complement each other. The primary colors of red, blue and yellow are at the 3 “points” of a triangle. Their secondary colors (what you get when mixing the primary colors) are what are in between them: green, orange and purple.

Taking it one step further, you get what are called “tertiary” colors when you blend the secondary colors with the primary colors: yellow-orange, blue-green, etc. Remember those crayons with two names? Yeah, those are tertiary colors.

Why do you need to know this?

In the most simple example, when you are looking for complementary colors to decorate with, you can reference the color wheel. By choosing colors that are directly opposite from each other on the color wheel, you can be confident  they will work together. The fabric we used in #ProjectMillerAve master bath design is a good example of the beauty of the secondary colors purple and yellow.

Master Bathroom with custom shades, a crystal chandelier, and marble countertops and floors with gold hardware. | ML Interiors Group


Other color options are analogous colors. These are any 3 colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.



The shelves we painted in #ProjectSanClemente are a great example of analogous colors.

Living Room with built in shelving, blue accent back splash, and pops of red decor. | ML Interiors Group

The blue hues we used in #ProjectCollinsPark are also a lovely example of analogous colors.

Apartment Complex Community Room | Multi Family Community Room | ML Interiors Group | Dallas Interior design


So when you are wondering what color scheme will work in any of your rooms, or your attire for the day, you can always pull up a color wheel on line and check out your options.

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