Complementary Color Schemes

April 9, 2017


It is best to refer to the color-wheel to get this look just right because it depends onthe way colors are arranged on it. Complementary schemes are made with colors opposite to each other on the color wheel like Blue and Orange, Red and Green, Purple and Yellow.


Color Wheel

Color Wheel by Janet Bionda

How to get the complementary color combination just right.

  1. Go beyond the Primary Colors and combine different shades. This color wheel does a great job of understanding different shades.
  2. Balance Proportions –  Using opposite colors on the color wheel does not mean you have to use them in equal parts. In this image, blue is the main color here(70%)  and orange is added as a pop of color(30%). Christmas decor of red and green are a classic complementary color combination.complementary-color-combosThis article is a part of the color scheme series-


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