Created on: March 08, 2013
The smart use of color contrasts can create fabulous looks and fashion-forward styles. There are specific steps to follow when creating each arrangement. However, with the aid of a color wheel and a few basic rules, there shouldn’t be any problem experimenting with a variety of different looks to beautifully complement any style.
A monochromatic arrangement is based on a single color scheme and its various tones. The main idea for this look is that it should include light, medium and dark tones in order to create balance. It’s a simple and fabulous scheme to play with, especially since it can be easily mixed with neutrals, or be rejuvenated with an accent color to create a contrast.
A complementary color scheme is a contrast between two colors that are opposite in hue and color temperature. These colors are always intense when combined, and they help to provide visual relief from one another, as well as balance each other out to create stunning color combinations.
A cool analogous arrangement is a harmonious color combination that uses two to four hues that lie next to each other on the right side of the color wheel. Since the hues are similar in color temperature, they create very calm, subtle and soothing contrasts. Because the variations between colors are less intense, the visual impact is balanced. If more visual impact is needed, it can be livened up with the use of an accent color from the opposite side of the color wheel. Even an accent color that’s used in a small amount can help create balance.
A harmonious color combination that uses two to four hues that lie next to each other on the left side of the color wheel is recognized as a warm analogous arrangement. Since the hues are similar in color temperature, they create very calm, subtle and soothing contrasts. The intensity of this color combination is also less intense. Therefore, if more of a visual impact is required, using a small amount of a cool accent color would work beautifully, while also creating balance.
Triad color arrangements are fun and lively. Although most adults enjoy strong chromatic hues, this color scheme is most often used in products for children. Stunning contrasts can be created, and if desired, toned down with the use of neutrals in order to create balance. Due to their intensity, they can also cause visual irritation and color overload. Using whites and creams in the
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