Each terrific outfit needs a great color palette, which explains precisely why brushing up in your colour pairing skills ought to be at the top of your to-do list if you think you could use a bit of assistance from the color section. The great thing is that a major portion of what makes one color pairing better than another is right down to easy technique and a few basic principles of aesthetics, i.e. things you can learn. This is the area where colour concept comes from.
In this post I’ll provide you a quick intro to each of these and also show you a lot of examples for how to use three of the most crucial color formulas/rules to build outfits (geometric, complementary and similar). As usual, I want to put out my small disclaimer here that, just like many other theories and methods, you absolutely do not need to stick to the rules of this concept to the correspondence to be able to construct fantastic outfits. Use color concept as a starting point to collect fresh suggestions for colour combos and tweak your present go-to looks, but do not feel as if you have to apply everything in this informative article.
A great way to better your colour matching skills would be to play around with a few formulas (also known as “colour rules”) for compatible colour palettes that color theorists (yes, that is a thing) have recognized as universally attractive. The three I will explain in this post are the monochromatic, both the complementary and the analogues color rule (more on these below). But first: let’s take a minute to pinpoint exactly what these formulas have in common, which means that you are able to utilize that knowledge to go outside and build your own distinct colour palettes, without the support of a formula.
Contrast is what gives a palette visual allure, what makes it interesting. Cohesion is what makes it resemble a “theme” of shades, as opposed to a random combination and also prevents the colors from clashing. Both comparison and cohesion are made by varying the hue, saturation and brightness amounts of every colour in the palette. However, how do you produce a palette that’s both contrasting AND cohesive? You choose colours that are extremely different to one another in two (or sometimes just 1) of these three colour possessions, whether this is the colour, the saturation and/or the brightness level, but keep another property almost constant for all colours in the palette. That you almost constant property is crucial because no matter how daring or contrasting another properties are across the colors, it is what provides the palette a cohesive overall texture.