Ever wonder why Christmas colors look so bold together? Or why you can’t seem to get certain colors to match with anything else? Some of you may already be aware of color and it’s uses. Some of you may have an art background that has given you this knowledge, but for others color is a tricky beast. Most of us have a favorite color, all of us have a color we don’t enjoy, and we all end up creating our own color schemes whether it be in our wardrobes, our houses or our lives. Some of us may apply color with a pallet knife and others of us may use it sparingly.
Today I diverge from fashion only briefly to look at color terminology so as better to explain why some things look better together than others.
Now this color description is based on pigments and dyes not on printing ink which runs on a different color set.
We always start with the primary colors (Red, Blue and Yellow). These colors are used to mix most colors.
We Use these colors to make what are called secondary colors (Orange, Green, and Violet).
Then we mix the secondary colors with their neighboring primary colors to create tertiary colors (Red -violet, Red-orange, Yellow-orange, Yellow-Green, Blue-green, Blue-Violet).
Now within this color wheel, combination of these colors create very specific color ways. The first is complimentary colors. Complementary colors occurs when two colors on opposite sides of the color wheel are used together. Think Red and Green for Christmas. When these colors sit side by side they actually fight for your eyes attention and thereby look brighter.
Then when you have three colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel you get what is called analogous colors. these colors create a combination that work well together. They are very aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Think citrus colors.
When you cut the wheel in half there are groupings of colors known as warm and cool colors. Two colors can fall into both categories, Red-violet and Yellow-green. They can fit in either category based on what colors are used with them.
When you add ranges of black or white you get shades and tints respectively. This is how you end up with a whole range of monochromatic colors.
Thanks for taking an art tour of fashion with us. Think about these color schemes while planning your outfits and go crazy with whatever colors combinations you can come up with. I hope you enjoyed!