Thursday, 8 August 2013

Combinig Colors Rightly

At one point or the other, we all have had issues choosing the right color combination for an outing. Sometimes we are lucky to pull it off at other times, we were entirely wrong. On some occasions we feel we've killed it, only for someone to walk up to us and make remind you your combination was awkward.
For a lot of us, we choose to remain in the safe zone. My safe zone is anything on a black trouser. We can slip-past unnoticed in such colors unless our physique enhances the cloth, which should be the case in all times.
I am particularly not an expert in color combination (although I am slowly becoming one) but I believe this article will help you combine colors effectively.

 We've been exposed to numerous colors as humans and this has posed a problem in itself. It is interesting to know that these numerous colors are gotten from a simple combination of colors. In its simple form, we have red, yellow, and blue colors which are known as "primary colors". Combination of these colors makes life more beautiful and adds variety. Combination of the three primary colors in equal proportion is supposed to give black.
  • Blue and red produces Purple
  • Red and yellow produces Orange
  • Yellow and blue produces Green
Mixing of two of the primary colors gives a secondary color. Adding the final primary color gives a neutral color. It becomes more fun when we start mixing primary and secondary colors, and that's why we have a variety of colors.

The best place to learn color combination is beside you. How do I mean? Who can beat Mother Nature when it comes to gracefully combining colors? From the horizons of the skyline meeting the sea, to the contrast in the setting sun, the beauty of several land, ocean, and sky animals, Mother Nature is certainly the author of color combination.
On this note, I can start this article on combining colors rightly. Colors!!!

Combining colors can be monochromatic, complementary, triadic, or analogous.
  •   Monochromatic colors are colors of the same class (hue) that vary based on lightness and saturation. Simply put, you have sky blue, navy blue, turquoise blue, etc. all in the class of blue. It doesn't necessarily mean wearing the same color head to toe. Always try to balance things up.
  • Complementary colors are those adjacent on the color wheel. Examples are orange and blue, pink and green, purple and yellow.
  • Triadic colors are formed by drawing an equilateral triangle on the color wheel. In some cases, three colors may be too much because of their contrasts, it is best wearing only two of such colors and supplementing them with a neutral. Blue, Red, and Yellow is an example of a triadic color scheme.
  •  Analogous colors lay side-by-side on the color wheel.
As always, I will emphasize the fact that your combination is limited by your imagination. Wear what suits you best and don't be afraid to try-out new things.

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