Deciding the color for your pallet painting project is probably one of the hardest choices to make. There are so many great options and it can sometimes be hard to determine which shade will go best with the decor you already have and how the colors will play together on the pallet sign itself. Rather than getting lost in hypotheticals and experiencing over-analysis paralysis, just use color theory to your advantage. Don’t know what color theory is? We’ll show you.
The Basis of Color Theory
Though you’ll hardly be an expert by the end of our blog, you should definitely feel a bit more comfortable about matching colors together and creating an aesthetic out of a blank, reclaimed wood pallet. Folks study for years and are able to form careers based off of an acute understanding of color theory, but all you’ll need to be able to do is vaguely predict which color combinations look good together.
Color and Emotions
To begin, you’ll have to understand that you sign’s image or script might evoke a specific feeling and its color might evoke a different emotion in your viewers. It’s also important to note that the color might evoke a feeling in someone that you didn’t expect previously. That’s actually the whole basis of art critique: analyzing the different ways that a series of color and symbolism might help the art be interpreted and comparing that to what the artist meant. Understanding how to use colors, not only to look good together, but to communicate certain feelings that you associate with the idea of what you’re putting on the sign will make your signs look and feel better. Since you won’t be able to guess how a color will impact each individual, you’ll have to rely on broad generalizations. For example, red inspires passion as well as love and sometimes anger, or rather, determination. Blue is calming and easily brings to mind the mental picture of the ocean and the sounds of the waves.
Reading The Spectrum
The basics of color theory are very simple. Picture the color wheel and then base your color decisions off of that. You don’t have to follow it exactly, but it’ll act as an excellent guide to find what will look good together. For example, if a deep crimson is your main accent color in the room you intend to hang your new pallet painting in, then you’ll want to keep the colors on the pallet in the warm region unless you’re trying to contrast, then you can offset it with a color that has a different undertone. As a general rule, it’s easier to match colors directly across from each other on the spectrum. For example, red sits directly across from green as blue sits across from orange. These colors and their relative hues often look becoming next to each other and, are thus, attractive when put beside each other.
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