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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Colour relationships

Complementary colours - Colours that are opposite each other on the colour circle. The ideal proportions of colours in a frame for harmony are:

  • Red: Green 1:1
  • Orange: Blue 1:2
  • Yellow: Violet 1:3

Similar colours - Those colours that are near each other on the colour wheel, as in a cool or warm range of colours, for example:

  • Yellow: Orange
  • Blue: Violet

Contrasting colours - Colours combinations that are spaced about a third of the way around the circle, for example:

  • Orange: Green: Violet
  • Red: Blue: Yellow

Colour accents - Where a small area of colour sits against a much larger background of another colour, Could be any of the above, but may work better is some combinations than others

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