Colour Theory


Color is an integral element of our world, not just in the natural environment but also in the man-made architectural environment.Color theory was originally formulated in terms of three “primary” or “primitive” colors—red, yellow and blue (RYB)—because these colors were believed capable of mixing all other colors. Colours are mainly divided into three categories –

  • Primary Colors: Red, yellow and blue
    Primary colors are the 3 colors that can not be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors.primary-colors
  • Secondary Colors: Green, orange and purple
    These are the colors formed by mixing the primary colors.
  1. red + blue = purple
  2. blue + yellow = green
  3. red + yellow = orange


  • Tertiary Colors: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green & yellow-green
    These are the colors formed by mixing a primary and a secondary color.     tertiary-colors

Black, gray and white are true neutrals.

  • Color Psychology- 

The impression of a color and the message it conveys is of utmost importance in creating the psychological mood or ambiance that supports the function of a space.

  1. Red: alive, restless, confidently striving towards a goal, glowing
  2. Orange: a mixture of red and yellow, radiant, healthy, serious.
  3. Yellow: warm, cheeky, and exciting, disturbing for people
  4. Green: stillness and peace, but with a hidden, passive strength
  5. Blue: deep, inner, supernatural, peaceful
  6. Purple: balance, transform obsession,care
  7. Black: passive,prevent change and growth
  8. White:purity,peace,comfort,shock
  9. Grey:independence,self-reliance,non-commitment

The most important problem has been a confusion between the behavior of light mixtures, called additive color, and the behavior of paint, ink, dye, or pigment mixtures, called subtractive color. This problem arises because the absorption of light by material substances follows different rules from the perception of light by the eye.

Generally one question comes of colour theory about colour wheel and primary or secondary colours and their mixing.


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Material Study – Part 2



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