colorScheme system - Complementary and Contrasting Color Schemes
Basic principles of color
Complementary and Contrasting Colors
Understanding a few simple color
principles can result in successful color combinations
for any project. Useful for interior design projects, decorative
painting techniques, fine art painting, graphic design or
illustration techniques, understanding color
combinations can be easy and fun.
|Using Complementary colors
|Complementary colors are opposite
on the color wheel. Red and green, yellow and
violet, blue and
orange, are the three simple
pairs of complementary colors. These colors always
go well with each other, hence the term
One sees the
use of complementary color schemes in every aspect of
our lives. During Christmas, red and green become
inseparable, proving the simplicity and ease of
complementary color schemes. The use of gold on a rich
blue background was a favorite of renaissance painters.
Early evening or seasonal paintings utilizing the
yellow and violet color scheme was common among
impressionist painters like Monet and Serrat.
When designing the color scheme for your interior, the
implementation of complimentary color schemes are an
easy method of creating pleasing results.
For a Mediterranean feel, the bold blue and orange combinations
evoke images of the Cote de Sol, of southern Spain.
the sumptuous feeling of Venice, Italy, Sage green and Venetian
red work wonderfully.
While pale green and soft rose
pink might calm the environment evoking a spring getaway
lost somewhere in Japan.
Contrasting schemes use shades from opposite
segments on the color wheel.
Contrasting bold primary and secondary colors - red
and green, yellow and violet, or blue and orange -
will create a very dramatic look. Contrasting colors
can also be created using pastel shades, also found as
opposites on the color wheel.
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