Below is a quick overview of the theory and read further to the nice bit, the pics and links.
Colour - The Theory
The colour wheel is the starting point for any discussion on colour. It contains a mix of the primary colours; blue, red, and yellow. The corresponding secondary colors; green, orange, and violet. The tertiary colors; red–orange, red–violet, yellow–orange, yellow–green, blue–violet and blue–green.
According to established colour theory, adjacent colours harmonise well but, if you’re seeking to make a flamboyant statement, opposites combine to more dramatic effect.
There are many different combinations which work dependent on the look you desire:
o A tonal scheme (monochromatic) means you use a colour in different tones. There is one colour, but different tones of that colour (various shades of red for example).
o The harmonious colours are those that are close to each other on the colour wheel. For example, pink has purple on one side and red on the other side. Those are harmonious colours. Purple has pink on one side, and blue on the other side. These too are harmonious colours.
o The complementary colours are those that are opposite to one another on the colour wheel. For example: purple and yellow; blue and orange.
o The triadic colours are three colours on the colour wheel that are an equal distance from one another. A popular modern choice is red, blue, and yellow, and is for those who feel comfortable with a bold colour choice.
Colour - In Practice
Check out one of my first treasuries entitled "Color Explosion", the name says it all
And check out more of our fabulous Etsy Ireland treasuries on our blog under team treasuries.
Another area where colour plays a mayor role is a wedding. Check out theknot.com for amazing ideas and pictures and see below for some colour palates, fab fab fab
images courtesy of theknot.com
And when you are exhausted from reading the theory etc pop over to the website Lovely Clusters. This is a beautifully curated site where you can browse and shop for handmade and vintage goods. Everything is collected by color or theme which makes it easier to browse and dream.
And when all else fails, go mad and create your own colour combo, you never know where this could lead ;o)
Have fun and I hope this inspires.
Margo @ lilabelledesign
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