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Colorful Choices

West Coast Epoxy uses a wide variety of colors in its concrete finishes, stains, polishes and epoxy coatings. How wide? Basically, every color in the rainbow. Even so, straight solid colors can get a little boring. When you get the right combination of colors together, it strongly enhances the look of a room. Color combinations can even affect the mood of your guests, your workers, your family, and you. But how can you determine the right color combination for your concrete floor?

Categorizing the Color Palette

One useful tool is called the color wheel. This tool displays the primary and secondary colors, along with their variants, in a circular pattern. It helps determine what colors work well with each other. There are three categories that typically define how multiple colors work together.

  • Complimentary colors – picking a color on the color wheel, draw an imaginary line directly across the wheel to the color on the opposite side. However, these two colors do not oppose each other when you look at them. Rather, they complement each other. Many people find complimenting color combinations like green and red, yellow and purple, or blue and orange, to be appealing. You’ll find many complementary color combinations used by sports teams.
  • Analogous colors – instead of going for colors on opposite sides on the wheel, you can focus on next-door neighbors. Focus on a secondary color like green. On either side of green, the colors shift to yellow-green or blue-green. These colors are variations of green, also referred to as being analogous to green. Blue and teal, red and red-orange, or puce and salmon are examples of analogous color combinations.
  • Color Triad – sometimes two colors are just not enough to please your eyes. Interestingly, geometry and the color wheel offer a great chance to add a third color to the combination. Many physical color wheels come with a detachable equilateral triangle. When you place one corner of the triangle over a certain color on the edge of the color wheel, the two other corners highlight two other colors. These two other colors create a triad with your chosen color. Red and blue create a color triad with yellow. Green creates a color triad with orange and violet. And, of course, puce makes a triad with dark sea green and Pantone 659.

Keeping it Simple

In all honesty, the names of the colors might not mean as much as how they work together when you look at them. With so many different combinations available, the names can get a little confusing anyway. Along with that, many sources have their own unique names for the same color shades. Thankfully, authorities are trying to bring order to chaos by giving hexadecimal codes to different shades and colors.

Nevertheless, staring at a color wheel to figure out what colors might look good together might get a little confusing. For West Coast Epoxy, however, helping you choose the best combination of colors is definitely in our wheelhouse. Give us a few ideas as to what colors you’d like your final product to be, and we can provide you with samples of complementary, analogous, and triad combinations until we find just the right combination for you. It all starts with a free consultation. You can schedule it over the phone with us or use our convenient online form. We’ll help you find a choice combination of color for your concrete floor.

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