Last week, we looked at neutral colors, this week we are expanding our color palette to actual color. For this lesson, we must go back to our days of finger painting and Play-do.
Back when we were kids, we learned about primary colors (blue, red and yellow) which in turn made secondary colors (purple, orange and green, and those in turn made tertiary colors. All three levels make up the color wheel.
There are three basic ways to achieve “color harmony”. In other words, a combination that is pleasing to the eye. These ways are: matching three colors side by side in a color family (yellow and green, purple and blue, orange and red) where one color dominates. The next way is through opposite colors on the color wheel – called complementary colors (green and red etc.). Lastly, harmony in color is achieved in nature (yellow sun and blue sky).
All of these can be directly applied to how we mix and match in our outfits.
Here are some examples:
Colors found naturally in nature: blue, green and yellow mixed expertly in this outfit. Also, these colors found side by side on the color wheel.
Here’s another example of colors beside each other on the color wheel: purple and blue.
These are extreme examples, don’t be intimidated. Start small! The important thing is to experiment and not to be afraid of color matching!
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