Décor Textbook and Course

Décor Textbook and Course

Meet Your New Best Friend. This color designer tool turns the subjective selection of color combinations into a no-mistake, precision choice.

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25,000 No-Mistake, Tone-on-Tone Combinations

Teaches you the 12 color hue families.

  • Know where Red-Orange ends and Orange begins.
  • This is crucial for precision coordinating.

Identifies within each family White, Brown, and Black Tones.

  • Each Hue family creates color blends.
  • Coordinating Undertones is a unique coordinator benefit.

Matching/measuring a hue/tone before Coordinating.

  • Is it Palm Green (Lime Green Hue: a Black undertone)?
  • Or Olive Green (Green Hue: a Brown undertone)?
  • Color Language Included: Gives a reason to use or not to use each color.

 

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How It Works

Flip- #1, #2 : COMPLEMENTS and NEUTRAL COMPLEMENTS
Flip- #3, #4, #5: SPLIT COMPLEMENTS AND NEUTRAL SPLIT COMPLEMENTS
Flip- #6, #7: TRIADIC COMBINATIONS
Flip- #8: NEUTRAL COLOR BLENDS

SUBDUE- Complements

  • Tone down bright colors to enable a bolder palette.
  • Spice them up with lighter and dark shades.

POP-Split Complements

  • Maintain Traditional look, even with bold colors.
  • Use all three to create design continuity.

 

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Big vs. Little Color Decisions

  • BIG DESIGN DECISIONS
    • »Large visual objects, background colors
    • »For maximum impact, pick these first in compiling a design.
    • »All these combinations are in the ultimate “Color Cheat Sheet” – The Coordinator.
  • SMALL COLOR DECISIONS
    • »Small visual objects. Weave these into designs when situations dictate.
    • »Use color language to increase the impact.
    • »These combinations are instantly identified on the Dewey Color Wheel.

When to Use “Little Color Decisions”

  • SHOCK- Tetrad
    • »Call attention to objects, logos, or products.
    • »Create a balancing optical illusion, making a space appear to end.
  • SOOTHE- Diad
    • »Evoke soothing texture by subliminally creating a middle color.
    • »Provide a conservative image.  Use shared split-complement for more energy.
  • SYNTHESIZE- Analogous
    • »Can appear off-color, if used as a “big color decision.”
    • »As a “little color decision,” fuses depth and texture.