Learn How To Pair Colors And What They Say About You


Take one look at a forest or an orchard; the colors come together in a magical dance of bright greens, delicate pinks, cheerful yellows, and deep browns. The colors entrance and transport us into the thrilling world of synergy, collaboration, and charm. Not a single color that overpowers or clashes with others. They compliment and contrast each other in perfect proportions.

People often want to achieve nature's delicate balance of color in home decor, fashion, and art. And although it is hard to recreate perfection, we sure can try. Some people have a natural ability to pair colors to achieve great combinations. The rest of us, who need help, could benefit from learning more about colors.

We all mix and match colors every day when we get dressed. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are selecting clothes based on some assumptions and feelings you are experiencing. To better understand what our color choices project to the world, we need to dive into the color theory.

The Color Wheel

Sir. Isaac Newton was the first who invented the color wheel after he discovered a spectrum of visible light. He conducted a series of prism experiments that confirmed that light consisted of a variety of colors. He also noted that secondary colors are the results of mixing the primary colors.

How Does The Color Wheel Work?

The color wheel is an arrangement of colors that gradually transform into the next one. Take, for example, the yellow color and add a drop of red, then another drop; you can see how yellow becomes slightly less yellow, turning more orange. Then transforming into a bright orange-red color eventually become deep red. This is what the color wheel offers - a visual continuation of color that takes us slowly from soft yellow to deep blue and back to yellow again.

There is more to the wheel than displaying colors in their natural progression. A color wheel is a tool that can assist us in finding fantastic color combinations. Here is how it works:

  • Complementary colors are colors that are directly across each other on the color wheel. These are bold color combinations that bring drama to any outfit. Select one color as the main one and accent the look with its complementary partner.

  • Triad combination allows you to play with three colors. The three partners equally spaced on the color wheel. Again, do not add all three colors in equal proportions; select the primary color and accent the look with the remaining two.

  • Analogous colors are the three colors that are located next to each other on the color wheel. The combinations can be dramatic or more settled.

  • Split Complementary allows for dramatic combinations. The first step would be two take three analogous colors and then swap the middle color for its complementary partner. It looks like a skinny triangle on the color wheel.

  • Tetrad combination allows for a four-color game. It is essentially a rectangle that pairs the two complementary pairs together.

Two Color Categories

It is essential to keep in mind that colors fall into two categories: cool or warm. A good rule of thumb is to stay within one class when you pick colors for an outfit. But if you feel rebellious one day, go for bold and unusual combinations. As long as you are enjoying yourself, you will turn heads.

The warm colors are yellow, orange, black, brown, and red and their hues and tints. They convey fun, excitement, summer, warmth, and passion (red).

The cold colors are green, blue, purple, white, grey, and silver. These colors convey security, health, and stability.

Colors' Secret Language

There is yet another layer to the color theory. The colors convey moods and emotions. They tell the world how you feel, what you represent, and how you want to be approached. Some colors will make you feel excited, while others will make you feel nostalgic.

Knowing what the colors represent is essential. Whether you are heading to a job interview or a date, the colors can share secrets about your inner emotions.

  • The Orange color represents fun, success, freedom, and change. It is not as aggressive as red. Orange is associate with health, and often vitamin C is represented with orange color. Orange is perfect for fun contrasting outfit ideas.

  • The Yellow color is associated with fun, sunshine, creativity, and optimism. The color is perfect for spring and summer joyful outdoor events.

  • The Red color represents passion, love, courage, and rage. It quickly catches everyone's attention - demanding to be noticed. The red color works well for a dramatic evening, or special events look.

  • The Green color represents heath, money, and growth since green is the color of money. The green color is ideal for many occasions.

  • The Purple color has been the color of royalty. Its rich color conveys power, pride, and independence. Try one of my favorite combinations: purple and yellow, where purple dominates and yellow accents.

  • The Blue color is the color of serenity, stability, wisdom, and inspiration. The blue is perfect for a job interview, client meeting, or family dinner.

Never Forget To Have Fun

The color wheel offers endless possibilities and exciting discoveries. But never forget to have fun. If you are starting to obsess over color pairings, you are heading in the wrong direction. Dressing up to convey to the world who you are should be fun. It should not be a daunting task of creating an overall perfect ensemble. If you are suddenly stressed about your outfit selection, close your eyes, take a deep breath. Then look in the mirror, smile, and confidently head out of the door.

Confidence about your color choices comes with time. The more you experiment, the sooner you will find what you love. Once you find your ideal colors, you will be more comfortable with risky combinations and exciting pairings.

And never stress about what others might think or say. You are getting dressed for yourself. You are the one who needs to love the look. If you are enjoying yourself and loving what you wear, the rest of the world will fall in line.


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