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!
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
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.
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.