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There are numerous colours all around us. The classification of these colours have been devised to organise and identify colours. A most familiar one is the 12 hue “Colour Wheel”. These colours can be classified either according to their origin or properties.

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Characteristics of Colour

  • Just like every object has three dimensions i.e., length, breadth and height, colour also has three dimensions. They are described by using the terms hue, value and intensity.

  • Hue

    refers to the colour e.g. red, orange, blue etc.

  • Value

    refers to the lightness or darkness of hue.

  • Intensity

    refers to the brightness or dullness of a colour.

Colour Schemes

  • A colour combination that matches and looks pleasing to the eyes is called a colour scheme. Whenever more than one colour is place next to another, a scheme is automatically created.

  • There is a define scheme through which you can always produce pleasing effects when more than one colour is used.

  • These colour schemes could be:

    • Monochromatic colour scheme

    • Analogous colour scheme

    • Complementary

    • Split complementary

    • Triad

    • Tetrad

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