Tuesday, May 10, 2011

the color wheel: art class revisited

I recently found a cool revamping of the color wheel adapted just for outfit production. I've always thought cool color pairings make for the most interesting and fun outfits, but it's sometimes tricky to pull off.  This post from Academichic outlines three different types of color combos that produce eye-pleasing results. Go make your art teachers proud.

Complementary Colors

We all should remember what complementary colors are from grade school. But if you don't they're colors opposite each other on the good old wheel: red and green, blue and orange, purple and yellow. Those colors are known for looking great together, though red/green is a tough one... I really think it only works for redheads in green clothing, but I digress. This concept takes the complementary color idea out of the basic primaries, and adapts it to more intermediate colors and different shades or tones, which I think works even better than the original big three.

Blue-Green and Red-Orange
Violet and Mustard

2/3 of a Triad

The first concept was pretty basic (even Florida Gators can figure out how to pair blue and orange); this one I find even more interesting. A triad is three colors equidistant from each other on the wheel, forming an equilateral triangle (yay geometry!). Selecting any two of those three colors also produces a good looking combination.

Violet and Olive Green
Blues and Yellows

Full Triad

You get the idea. A little more colorfully adventurous, but conceptually the same.

Now go have another peek at your closet, or make a finger painting, either way...

1 comment:

  1. This is so cool! Great idea and looks so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing you have such a great blog!