In this day and age, color combination is regarded most useful in the professions of interior design, fashion, and visual arts (graphic design). However, unless one is naturally gifted, understanding the basics on combining colors takes some talent and some work.
With people blessed with the natural talent for mixing the right colors, masterpieces in their particular art forms come easy. For the layman, learning the basics of color combination can help in making decisions on color choices and others.
A color wheel can help you combine colors and make them harmonize with each other. The 12 colors in it show the primary, secondary and tertiary colors in one go.
The main premise is that secondary colors are combinations of the primary colors red, yellow and blue. After which, a tertiary color is formed by the color combination of the secondary colors plus a primary one.
Complementary colors, on the other hand, are the products of the other two primary colors. (Ex. Green complements the primary color red; it is the combination of the other two primary colors yellow and blue.) Artistically, complementary colors intensify each other.
In the color wheel, you can easily pick out complementary colors because they are opposite each other. One of the colors is the main one while the other serves as the accent.
Aside from clothes, a regular person’s big decision problems sometimes deal on color combination in such a simple thing as home décor. It is only natural that anyone wants to have the right colors that suit one’s taste.
For those who want safety in their choices, the easiest would be the combinations black and white, and the monochromatic look. With black and white, one can add any color to serve as accent (reds, yellows or orange). Meanwhile, monochromes are based on single colors and variety is basically played out on the different shades of the same.