color wheel


Definition of color wheel

: a circular diagram of the spectrum used to show the relationships between the colors

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Remember the color wheel from grade school art class? Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use Warm Colors in Your Home, According to Interior Designers," 25 July 2019 For maximum impact, consult the handy color wheel for inspo on how to match your mascara to this season’s hottest eyeshadow colors. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Here's How to Get Rainbow Colored Lashes This Summer," 9 July 2019 Green lives opposite from red on the color wheel, so the former cancels out the latter. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Erborian's CC Cream Cancels Out Redness Like Magic," 16 Oct. 2018 Unfettered from dated conventions that urged us to pick a décor style and stick to it, more and more designers and retailers this fall are blending decorative elements and playing more loosely with the color wheel. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "As you decorate for fall, remember: Cozy," 7 Sep. 2018 Meet the Neighbors Pick three analogous hues that sit next to one another on the color wheel for a soothing scheme that is easy on the eyes. Mike Irvine, Sunset, "4 Ways to Design Colorful Floral Arrangements," 22 Jan. 2018 More sophisticated color wheels incorporate dozens of shades, but basically, colors that are across from one another will be complementary in a room. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Tired of pale neutrals? Pops of color add interest to your home," 31 May 2018 Spinning the color wheel, Picciloi hit on odd pairings such as emerald and wine, rust and pink, coral and mint that all worked perfectly. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Valentino's Magical Couture Week Closer Leaves Tracee Ellis Ross in Tears," 5 July 2018 There’s a fiberglass Eames rocking chair (c. 1948-50) and a Panton heart cone chair (1959) by Danish designer Verner Panton (1926-1998), alongside the color wheels developed for their manufacture. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color’ Review: Vibrant From Any Angle," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of color wheel

1909, in the meaning defined above

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