Senior Tailor Luke Morgan & The Science of Colour

We love bright colourful design here at Gresham Blake, our senior Tailor Luke Morgan loves colour, below he shares a few words about complimenting palettes and why they work together.

Luke Morgan | Tailor | Gresham Blake
Luke Morgan – Senior Gresham Blake Tailor

When it comes to putting outfits together, people can get intimidated, or even scared of putting the wrong colours together and end up settling for ‘safe’ combinations, often monochromatic solutions.
Whilst an outfit consisting of just one colour can be very striking, never be afraid to combine colours!

Why do certain colours work together? | Gresham Blake
The Colour Wheel

Colour theory is both the science and art of colour. It explains how the human eye perceives colour; how colours mix, match or clash; the subliminal (and often cultural) messages colour communicate; and the methods used to replicate colour.
It starts around the  colour wheel (pictured below) There are many ways to interpret this wheel of colour, I’m going to touch on the 3 main ones.

Complimentary Colours are opposites on the colour wheel – for example red and green

What are Complementary Colours? | Gresham Blake
Example – Complementary Colours

Analogous Colours sit together on the colour wheel (they’re mates), red, yellow & orange for example. When creating an analogous colour scheme, one colour will dominate, one will support and another will accent. When used together analogous colours are aesthetically pleasing to the human eye.

What are Analogous Colours? | Gresham Blake
Example – Analogous Colours

Triadic Colours are evenly spaced around the colour wheel and harmonise with each other. They don’t have to be bright, pastels tones work with each other too.

What are Triadic colours? | Gresham Blake
Example – Triadic colours
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