6.28.2011

How to combine colors - wardrobe

Make sure to have a color wheel in handy, for it is the key tool for any color coordination. In fact it was one of the first things I learned about back when I studied Image Consulting.
Break the routine, and instead of using over and over again the same combination, experiment new options, because there are many. 
Give a splash of color and creativity with these basics theories. Remember, you can explore the color wheel in more variations. Besides the color combinations described below, which are based on the position of the colors on the color wheel, there are also a few other ways of combining colors.

There are basically 3 types of color combination and sometimes you don't know why 2 opposites color work so well together, but basically it's all theory and bringing it catchy for our eyes.

  • Complementary Colors
    The complementary colors are the colors which are directly opposite from one another on the color wheel. Complementary colors are contrasting and stand out against each other.
    - Why use this combination?
    • Make a statement with big contrast
    • You are tall and want to "break" the height 




  •  Analog Colors
    The analog colors are those colors which lie on either side of any given color. The secondary color can often be an analogous color.
    - Why use this combination?
    • Feels more harmonious
    • Contrasting Ensembles


  • Monochromatic
    A monotone color scheme is just one single hue and its variations in terms of tints, shades and saturation. Using saturation and tint/shade variations of a color is always good.
    - Why use this combination?
    • For a more professional look
    • More harmonious
    • If you are petite, use less contrast


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