She’s pretty awesome, incredibly inspiring, doesn’t eat my last cookie, and is often underutilized by others who haven’t taken the time to know her. Let’s change all that.
Ms. Color Wheel is simple in theory, though like any woman, she tends to become crazy complex and confusing if too much is revealed about her too soon. Our goal here is to begin to understand why and how colors look good together, therefore opening up new possibilities in our brains, that leads to creating new and awesome outfits. Hollah!
There are several color schemes on the color wheel to discuss, but for today we’re just going to tackle one of them. Analogous Color Schemes. Heard of them? Buckle your seat belts, ladies, cause after today you’ll be creating harmonious color combinations that make your friends go “ooh” and your colleagues say “ahh.”
Analagous Color Schemes are colors that make nice with their next door neighbors on the color wheel, just like the example above. Analagous color schemes are usually colors found in nature and are really nice to look at. In short, it’s like ecstasy for your eyes. The key to making your starting color and your new next door neighbor colors work together is ensuring only one is dominant. The second color should be supportive, and the third color just acts as an accessory.
Your third (or 4th) accessory color could be an actual color if you like, or a neutral, like black, white, gray, or a metallic….like I did here.
It muddles things up if you use too many colors. Yes, technically you can use 2 – 6 colors for this particular color scheme, however limiting Analogous Color Schemes to 3 or 4 colors is wise so as not to look like a paint strip from head to toe. Also, combining warm colors (red, orange, and yellow) and cool colors (blue, green, and violet) won’t fly for creating a harmonious, analogous color scheme.
The only other issue in dealing with Analogous Color Schemes is making sure you have a little bit of contrast between your 3 colors. The colors I used in this outfit are similar in vibrancy; however, the brightness of the green edges out the competition from the blue, being helped out slightly by the sparkle of frosting at my neck.
I saw a similar color scheme years ago in a Real Simple magazine.
I drooled all over it. Then I tore the page out and pinned it up on an inspiration board in my house. (Thank goodness for Pinterest, or every wall in my house would be covered with freakin’ magazine pages)!
I did a variation of this color combination some time ago as well.
Notice though that I added in a third color that does not stick with the Analogous color scheme rules. Bonus points for the first person who can name what kind of color scheme it morphed into.
So, fellow color junkies….a challenge to you all: Send me a pic of you rocking an Analogous color look. Now that you’re all experts on the topic…..I’m dyin’ to see what you come up with.
P.S. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 29th, and I’ll put together a post featuring you being Awesomely Analogous.