Color Terminology Hue: The hue is the basis of a color, such as blue or orange. A light blue and a dark blue are of the same hue. Value: The value refers to the darkness or lightness of a color. Dark greens, medium greens, and light greens have different values but the same hue. Shades: Shades are colors with values that are closer to black. Tints: Tints are colors with values that are closer to white.
Color Terminology Primary Colors - Red , Blue , Yellow . These are the basis for all other colors in mixing paints. Secondary Colors – Green , Orange , Violet . Made by mixing equal parts of two primary colors. Tertiary or Intermediate Colors - These colors are formed when a primary color is mixed with an adjacent secondary color. For example, mixing blue with green produces the tertiary color, blue-green. Warm Colors – Reds , Yellows and Oranges Cool Colors – Blues , Greens and Purples
Monochromatic Using just one color, but often containing lighter and darker values of that color, monochromatic color schemes are typically understated, conservative, and sophisticated. An example of this type of color scheme for an exterior paint color selection would be dark green shutters and trim with light green siding. CONSERVATIVE
Complementary These color schemes use two colors that are directly opposite one another on the color wheel, such as yellow and violet, giving complementary color schemes the maximum amount of color contrast. When the exterior paint color selection is done right, complementary color schemes can be both eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing. LIVELY
Adjacent This type of color scheme uses colors that are next to one another on the color wheel, usually with one dominant color and two accent colors. Your exterior paint color selection in this system could be blue, blue-green, and green.
Triadic Triadic color schemes use three colors that are equidistant on the color wheel. An example of a triadic exterior paint color selection is blue-green, yellow-orange, and red-violet. VIVID
Flat body paint, semi-gloss or gloss for accent and trim There are a lot of “RIGHT” Color Choices