Using The Colour Wheel

Create a colour scheme using our
colour wheel

The colour wheel is based on the primary colours yellow, red and blue.

Using The Colour Wheel
  • Combine two primary colours to create secondary shades of orange, green and purple.

    Combine two primary colours to create secondary shades of orange, green and purple.

  • Blend the secondary colours to create tertiary shades.

    Blend the secondary colours to create tertiary shades.

  • The Dulux Trade Colour Palette is simply an extension of the colour wheel.

    The Dulux Trade Colour Palette is simply an extension of the colour wheel.

Begin with a start colour to create a colour scheme

Most colour schemes begin with a start colour, often inspired by an object in the room. In this example, the start colour has been matched to a yellow cushion.

Using The Colour Wheel
  • A classic ready-made colour scheme

    A classic ready-made colour scheme

    Find the closest colour match with a shade on a Dulux Trade stripe card and present this to your customers. Suggest they select two or three colours from the same stripe card for a ready-made colour scheme.

  • A complementary colour scheme

    A complementary colour scheme

    Incorporate another colour alongside the start colour for a more dynamic result. In this example, either orange and green could be used alongside our yellow start colour to create a harmonious palette.

  • A striking and dramatic colour scheme

    A striking and dramatic colour scheme

    Create a dramatic scheme by selecting colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. In this example, we’ve selected contrasting purple and yellow swatch cards.

Choose a mood and stay with it

Colours with similar characters go well together. That’s why Dulux Trade have grouped their colours into four categories known as moods. Simply choose colours from the same category as the start colour for a professional scheme.

  • Rich

    Rich

    Intense, dark-to-mid tones that create a dramatic feel and work well with neutral shades. Use sparingly for the best effect.

  • Fresh

    Fresh

    Bright to pastel shades that are perfect for enhancing light and making the most of dark interiors.

  • Warm

    Warm

    Mellow colours that create a cosy and relaxed ambience and add warmth to uninviting spaces.

  • Calm

    Calm

    Soft, muted and sophisticated colours that incorporate greys and are ideal for south-facing rooms.

  • Neutrals

    Neutrals

    They work with most colours but you should still remain within your selected mood.