Color Combinations Revealed – Traveling the Color Wheel

Color Combinations Revealed – Traveling the Color Wheel

When picking out something to wear, have you ever wondered what colors actually “match” or “go” together?! I have a neat little cheat sheet for you and it’s simply the color wheel! You may have heard of the color wheel if you’ve had an art class. The basic color wheel is a wheel showing the relationship between colors, consisting of primary, secondary and tertiary colors.

According to wikipedia, the typical artists’ paint or pigment color wheel includes the blue, red, and yellow primary colors. The corresponding secondary colors are green, orange, and violet. The tertiary colors are red–orange, red–violet, yellow–orange, yellow–green, blue–violet and blue–green. Mixing primary colors makes secondary colors. A primary and secondary color makes a tertiary color.

A Red/Green/Violet color wheel

A Red/Green/Violet color wheel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now that you know about the color wheel, you can use it when pairing different colors together to create a look. This will allow you to go beyond your usual color combinations and maybe even be ahead of the next color combo trend! Here are some examples and it is no surprise that the colors look great together because they follow the wheel!

Primary Colors: Red-Yellow
Secondary Colors - Purple and Green
Tertiary Colors: Blue-Green

Which color combo do you like best? Which one will you try?

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  • Wow! Those are fabulous outfits!!! Very striking. Thanks for sharing:)

    • Thanks Sherry and thanks for hosting the link-up!!

  • Yep, I have one posted in my closet – really comes in handy!

    • That’s an excellent idea, to have it in the closet!!!

  • I’ve never thought about this and it makes SO much sense! This will certainly come in handy and I love DeDivahDeals’ idea to put it in the closet!!!

    • I know right! I also love the idea of having it posted in the closet!

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