Each season brings with it new colors and trends. One key to building a workable wardrobe is a basic understanding of colors. Recently, I explored colors, color schemes, and harmonization. I found the study to be particularly enlightening. Understanding which colors work best together and how to combine them can spur your creativity, extending the styling options of your existing closet.
The color wheel below shows the interplay among the major color hues:
Source: The Working Wardrobe
The color wheel above shows the primary, secondary, and intermediate colors. Primary colors are red, yellow and blue. Secondary colors are obtained from mixing two primary colors and they are green, orange, and purple. Intermediate (tertiary) colors are obtained either by mixing one primary color with a secondary color or by mixing two secondary colors together. A color scheme shows how primary, secondary, and intermediate colors can be combined to obtain a desired effect.
Primary and secondary colors that lay next to each other on the color wheel are said to be analogous. When worn together, analogous colors blend in and work well together. The analogous color scheme usually contains colors in the same hue. For example, violet, red violet, and red.
Complementary colors are colors that exist on opposite ends of the color wheel. Examples are purple and yellow; blue and orange; and green and red. Since these colors are bold, you can improvise by using varying shades of the complementary colors. For instance you can use a lighter shade of blue with burnt orange as seen below.
Source: Wendy’s Lookbook
#Split complementary colors
The split complementary colors are a variation of the complementary colors. In addition to the base color, the split complementary color scheme uses the colors adjacent to the base’s complement. For example, a split complementary color scheme contains green, purple, and orange. This color scheme offers the same visual appeal as the complementary scheme but with less tension. To further tone down the look, you can use a lighter shade of the strongest hue, as can be seen below in the combination of pink (instead of red), blue/purple and green.
Source: Prissy Savvy
Triadic colors are three points on the color wheel that are evenly spaced out. An example of this color scheme is blue, yellow, and red. In the picture below, I combined the three colors in varying proportions to create the desired effect.
As your understanding of colors increases, a myriad of styling options will be available to you. I am excited to see how many color combinations I can create.