The Ultimate Color Combinations Cheat Sheet
The Ultimate Color Combinations Cheat SheetThe Ultimate Color Combinations Cheat Sheet

Scheme № 1: A complementary combination

Complementary (also known as supplementary or contrasting) colors are colors that sit opposite of each other on the Itten color circle. The combination of such colors creates a vivid and energizing effect, especially at maximum saturation.

 

Scheme № 2: The triad - a combination of three colors

A Triad is a combination of 3 colors that are equidistant from each other on the color circle. It produces a high contrast effect while preserving `harmony.` Such a composition looks vibrant even when you use pale and unsaturated colours.

 

Scheme № 3: An analogous combination

This is a combination of 2 to 5 (ideally 2 to 3) colors that are ajacent to each other on the color circle. It creates a calming, likeable impression. Here`s an example of combining analogous muted colors: yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green.

 

Scheme № 4: The split complementary combination

A variation on the complementary color combination. In this case, you take one primary color and two complementary ones (the colors that lie on both sides of the primary color`s antipode on the color circle). The effect created by such a scheme is just as contrasting as the one before but slightly less intense. If you feel unconfident about using the complementary scheme, use the split complementary instead.

 

Scheme № 5: The tetrad - a combination of four colors

This is a scheme that includes one primary and two complementary colors, plus an additional color that highlights the accents. An example: blue-green, blue-violet, orange-red, orange-yellow.

 

Scheme № 6: The square

A combination of 4 colors that are equidistant from each other on the color circle. In this case, the colors differ from each other in tone, but are also complementary. This creates a dynamic, vivid, and playful effect. An example: violet, orange-red, yellow, blue-green.

 

Combinations of individual colours

  • White: combines with everything, especially blue, red and black.
  • Beige: combines with blue, brown, emerald, black, red, white.
  • Gray: combines with fuchsia, red, violet, pink, blue.
  • Pink: combines with brown, white, mint green, olive, gray, turquoise, light blue.
  • Fuchsia (dark pink): combines with gray, yellow-brown, lime, mint green, brown.
  • Red: combines with yellow, white, fulvous, green, blue, black.
  • Tomato-red: combines with cyan, mint green, sand, creamy-white, gray.
  • Cherry-red: combines with azure, gray, light-orange, sandy, pale-yellow, beige.
  • Raspberry-red: combines with white, black, damask rose.
  • Brown: combines with bright-cyan, cream, pink, fawn, green, beige.
  • Light-brown: combines with pale-yellow, cream-white, blue, green, purple, red.
  • Dark-brown: combines with lime-yellow, cyan, mint green, purple-pink, lime.
  • Reddish-brown: combines with pink, dark-brown, blue, green, purple.
  • Orange: combines with cyan, blue, lilac, violet, white, black.
  • Light-orange: combines with gray, brown, olive.
  • Dark-orange: combines with pale-yellow, olive, brown, cherry.
  • Yellow: combines with blue, lilac, light-cyan, violet, gray, black.
  • Lemon-yellow: combines with cherry-red, brown, blue, gray.
  • Pale-yellow: combines with fuchsia, gray, brown, shades of red, yellowish brown, blue, purple.
  • Golden yellow: combines with gray, brown, azure, red, black.
  • Olive: combines with orange, light-brown, brown.
  • Green: combines with golden-brown, orange, salad green, yellow, brown, gray, cream, black, creamy-white.
  • Salad green: combines with brown, yellowish-brown, fawn, gray, dark-blue, red, gray.
  • Turquoise: combines with fuchsia, cherry-red, yellow, brown, cream, dark-violet.
  • Electric colors: combines with golden-yellow, brown, light brown, gray, or silver.
  • Cyan: combines with red, gray, brown, orange, pink, white, yellow.
  • Dark-blue: combines with light-lilac, cyan, yellowish-green, brown, gray, pale-yellow, orange, green, red, white.
  • Lilac: combines with orange, pink, dark-violet, olive, gray, yellow, white.
  • Dark-violet: combines with golden-brown, pale-yellow, gray, turquoise, mint green, light-orange.
  • Black is a universal colour - it looks elegant in any combination, especially with orange, pink, salad green, white, red, mauvish, or yellow.

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