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Color Theory
In the visual arts, color theory is a body of practicalguidance to color mixing and the visual impacts of specific color combinations. Although color theory principles first appeared in the writings of Leone BattistaAlberti and the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci ,a tradition of "color theory" began in the 18th century, initially within a partisan controversy around Isaac Newton'stheory of color and the nature of so-called primary colors. From there it developed as an independent artistic tradition with only superficial reference tocolorimetry and vision science.
Color theory was originally formulated in terms of three "primary" or "primitive" colors—red, yellow and blue because these colors werebelieved capable of mixing all other colors. This color mixing behavior had long been known to printers, dyers and painters, but these trades preferred pure pigments toprimary color mixtures, because the mixtures were too dull (unsaturated).

PRIMARY COLORS
Red, yellow and blue
In traditional color theory, these are the 3pigment colors that can not be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. All other colors are derived from these 3 hues.
SECONDARY COLORS
Green, orange andpurple
These are the colors formed by mixing the primary colors.
TERTIARY COLORS
Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green.These are the colors formed by mixing a primary and a secondary color. That's why the hue is a two word name, such as blue-green, red-violet, and yellow-orange. 
 
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