Accessorize using Color Wheel

Posted: Apr 16 2017

Knowing the color wheel can help when choosing accessories. If you know what colors complement or contrast then you can make the perfect choice based on your intended look.

Here are 4 basic rules: Complementary, Analogous, Triadic, & Monochromatic. See the image below for a visual representation.

Complementary

The two colors exactly opposite each other on the color wheel. Examples: Red & Green, Blue & Orange, Purple & Yellow. Of course it can go beyond this to the secondary and tertiary colors. Just as long as they are exactly opposite they will work together.

Analogous

The three consecutive colors. It doesn’t matter where you start, but pick a color and the next two or the two on either side. This can give you colors within the same color family or just adjacent, making a very harmonious color palette.


Triadic

Triadic means three. If you want to try color blocking or just some accessorizing with a third color this is a great place to start. Pick one color on the color wheel and the other two will be the ones equal distance from each other. In this image I choose a teal blue, then moved 4 spaces to red, and then another 4 to yellow.

Monochromatic  

Monochromatic means to stay within the color family by choosing either shades (adding black) or tints (adding white) of the same color.

 

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