colours and their relationships

by asian paints on 10th Dec 2018

Some colours go beautifully together while some look inelegant. Here’s how you can make sure your relationship with colours isn’t ‘complicated’.


The three primary colours - red, blue, yellow are also known as the parent colours. Get familiar with a few other terms before going ahead.

  • Background colour: The colour with the largest proportional area covering three walls of a room
  • Dominant or feature wall colour: The colour of the feature wall
  • Accents: The colour used in the least proportion to enhance the overall décor


colour interactions


  • Colours look different on different backgrounds, in different contexts
  • The grey chip looks much lighter on the black, whereas on white it looks darker
  • The yellow looks cleaner and brighter on black than on white. The green chip on the blue seems to resemble the first and third green chip on the left, when in fact it is the same as the second one on the left


  • If you want a colour to appear lighter, surround it with a darker colour and vice versa
  • If you want a colour to appear intense or bright, surround it with a less intense or dull colour



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