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How to Choose the Colour of your Glass Splashbacks Using a Colorwheel

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You've decided to invest in a glass splashback for your kitchen. They come in a huge array of colours, and while choice provides advantages, too much can be confusing. So how do you choose the right colour? Why not have fun using colour theory to work out your kitchen's colour scheme? It will help you experiment with different options on the way.

First of all visualise a colour wheel or find an example online or in a book. Picture the colour wheel with yellow at the top, orange to the very right, purple at the bottom, and blue to the very left. Notice that each colour on the wheel is a combination of the colours on either side. For example, purple is a combination of red and blue.

A Harmonious Colour Scheme

A harmonious colour scheme is made up of colours next to or near each other on the colour wheel. For instance, a combination of green, yellow and orange form a harmonious colour scheme.

Consider the main colours of your kitchen and write them down. Then pinpoint these main colours on the colour wheel. Imagine a splashback in one of the colours next to or near these colours.

This will help you to begin experimentation with different colour options.

A Complimentary Colour Scheme

A complimentary colour scheme is made up of colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel. For example red and green are complimentary colours, as are blue and orange. This colour scheme often works best if one colour is the main colour, and the other is an accent. A complimentary scheme made up of contrasting opposite colours is usually more dramatic than a harmonious (or analogous) colour scheme.

A variation of a complimentary is a split complimentary triad. This is made up of one colour, and two other colours adjacent to the opposite complimentary colour.

A Tonal Colour Scheme

A tonal colour combination comprises different tonal (light and dark) variations of the same colour, imagine a kitchen with indigo blue benches and pale blue cupboards for example.

Also consider the tonal value of different colours. Purple, for example, is darker than yellow. This provides another layer of contrast. Finally, think about the area of your splashback; is it extensive or a small? Some colours might look better in a smaller area.

If you pinpoint your kitchen's colour scheme on the colour wheel, and imagine your splashback in relation to that, you are sure to arrive at an attractive and interesting destination. At the very least, you will be in a stronger position to discuss your colour options with splashback experts such as Skeleton Glass.