[dropcap]C[/dropcap]olor theory is the key when it comes to clothes. Every season has a color palette on to the catwalk and in the fashion stores. Today’s blog is a simple explanation about colors and how to use a color wheel and a brief about different kinds of color theory.
Color theory is a set of principles used to create harmonious color combinations pleasing to the eye and senses. It provides us with a common ground for understanding how colors can be used, arranged, coordinated, blended, and related to one another. Color theory is about why some colors work together aesthetically, while others do not. Thus, it’s about mixing and the visual effects of color.
An understanding of color theory helps to go beyond the approach of ‘it looks right’. Let’s see we can utilize this theory when organizing appealing displays.
Color theories create a logical structure of colors.
How to use a color wheel?
Pick out your color and then choose the colors that harmonize with it or pop up next to it.
The color wheel will help you explore color. In this wheel, there are 12 hues.Specific hues can provoke different emotions, associations, and responses that affect how your collection is perceived. Put simply color choices can make or break a design.
The color wheel consists of three colors Primary colors (red, yellow, blue), three secondary colors created when primary colors are mixed: (green, orange, purple) and six tertiary colors (colors made from primary and secondary colors, such as blue-green or red-violet)
Warm colors are often said to be hues from red through yellow, browns and tans, cool colors are often said to be the hues from blue green through blue violet, most grays included.
COMPLIMENTARY: the color opposite each other the color wheel complement each other. These colors look quite dramatic when used together
Try contrasting colors that “pop” if you wear a soft grey dress with a brightly colored belt (think pink or yellow). It will really sing!
ANALOGOUS: colors that sit adjacent to each other on the color wheel are less dramatic, but equally appealing combination.
MONOCHROMATIC: Color schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using shades, tones, and tints. Tints are achieved by adding white shades and tones are achieved by adding darker color, grey or black.
Whether you collect inspiration, from different sources, or just make them up as you go, a good color palette often leads to a good design, so experiment with a few different techniques to bring some life into your project work
How do you use color in your designs and where do you find your inspiration? Do you have any rules of thumb, tools or techniques up your sleeve? If so, go ahead and share them down in the comments!
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