Every outfit or clothing you choose to wear reflects your personality; but sometimes you just feel overwhelmed and don’t know what colors look good next to each other. Matching colours is a matter of personal choice, yet a few tips of how relationships between colours work could help you create your very own style.
The Colour Wheel
The colour wheel shows the relationships between colours considered to be primary, secondary and tertiary.
Primary colours are red, yellow and blue.
When you mix any two primary colours in equal measure, you obtain a secondary colour. Mixing red and blue gives purple, blue and yellow creates green and yellow and red gives orange. So, secondary colours are: green, orange and purple.
A tertiary colour is made by mixing one secondary with its adjacent primary colour. Yellowish green is a tertiary color.
When talking about matching colorus there are two basic relationships:
Analogous colours are the ones sitting side-by-side on the color wheel and they usually work with one another. When matched the result is very nice as these colours are relatives and have little contrast. For example blue’s analogous colours are green and purple, while red and green are orange’s analogous colors.
Colours opposite to each other on the colour wheel are complementary colours. When matched they contrast and intensify each other. Purple is complementary to yellow, blue to orange, red to green etc. But the reverse is always applicable.
How to match colours
- White and black are not considered as being colours, as they are much less present in nature. Both black and white can be matched with any other colour.
- Grey is neutral, consequently it can also be matched with any colour.
- It’s advisable not to wear more than 3 colours in the same outfit to maintain a coordinated look and avoid looking like a clown. In order to have a good result or if you are in doubt, use the colour wheel to help you choose the colours. But remember: Less is more”.
- An outfit must have only one dominant colour.
- Adding one complementary colour allows to temper (tone down) another colour.
- Try using more sober (dull) colours for the parts where you want to look thinner.
- Vivid colours (neon) are better for the upper part of the body because they light up your face.