Firstly, it's essential to understand the meaning of a few key colour phrases.
Hue: The hue refers to the dominant colour family of the specific colour you are looking at. A few examples of dominant colour families are red, blue, yellow, green, purple etc. For example, when talking about paints, red is the hue and crimson, scarlet, ruby and rose are colours.
Tint: When you add white to hues, you are making a tint. The white makes the hue less intense and creates calmer, quieter colours. Pastel colours are often an example of hues with a tint.
Tone: Adding both black and white (grey) to hues creates a tone. Tones are much more complex that tints and shades as you can balance the amount of white and black added. The hues can either be lighter or darker, depending on the grey you use.
Shade: Adding black to hues creates shade. These are richer and more intense, however, it's easy to add too much black to a hue, so it's used sparingly.
Because there are so many moving parts when it comes to the way we view colour, it can be hard to nail the look that you're after. A paint colour might look fantastic on your walls under natural light, but horrible with certain types of globes.
Understanding how a colour will look under all conditions is essential – and that's where it's important to chat to colour consultants at your paint store, Dulux, Bunnings or in our Studio M selection centre.