If you say “true blue,” “grass green,” or “sunshine yellow,” most people know what you mean, but when you start talking about tertiary colors, things can get confusing fast. Tertiary colors are an often overlooked spectrum of colors that pack quite a punch in a room. If you’re looking for something a little different in your Upstate South Carolina home, it might be time to take a closer look at tertiary hues that are known to evoke strong emotion.
Tertiary colors are created by mixing a primary color with a secondary color. So, if you mixed blue (primary) with green (secondary), you’d get blue-green (tertiary), or a color such as teal. A mixture of red (primary) and violet (secondary) gives you red-violet (tertiary), or raspberry.
A Perfectionist Touch understands the nuances of emotion that can be guided through a careful application of tertiary colors combined with either a complementary tertiary, a calming neutral, or a simple primary or secondary color right next to it on the color wheel.
Few other colors can claim the emotional power that tertiary colors evoke, whether good or bad. Let’s take a closer look at the six different tertiary colors and one or two color complements for each.
What are the tertiary colors?
- Red-orange – coral, apricot or salmon can be a powerful color. Whether you love or hate peach, there’s a hue available that can bring to mind powerful images of the sunset and nature. Paired with turquoise, peach can make quite a splash in your home, adding instant energy to a room.
- Yellow-green – Lime green, chartreuse or pea green are popular with the younger generation and make excellent base colors for fun bedrooms or lively kitchens. When you add a soft purple or a gray neutral to your electric lime green, you’ll have the perfect complement for its high-stepping energy.
- Yellow-orange – Gold, daisy or goldfinch colors inspire confidence and happiness. A careful pairing of a complementary color is crucial to balancing the power of this color, so consider a spritely celestial blue to marry with it.
- Red-violet – Raspberry or violet is a comforting, peaceful color that can be fun to decorate with. Try combining it with a sage or muted yellow-green to welcome the colors of the field to your living space.
- Blue-green – Teal, aqua or turquoise can strum your heartstrings in a variety of rhythms. Inspiring creativity, aqua can wake up your senses and help you stay on-task. Add a gorgeous sunset peach or a breezy white for the finishing touches.
- Blue-violet – Periwinkle, hyacinth, salt blue or icy blue can be an amazing color choice. When placed in a sunny room, it can cool it down. When placed in a darker room, it can vibrate with soft electricity. A very nature-inspired color, French blue can look amazing with sunflower yellow.
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We’re ready to bring you the professional paint application that can make your favorite tertiary combinations come to life. You can soon be enjoying your favorite colors in a way you’d never imagined before.