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How to look stylish using the Colour Wheel as inspiration

Do you have friends who always look stylish? It’s like they’ve got their own personal dresser every day. When you see them at the races they look amazing and they just ooze confidence and elegance. They seem to be able to team colours together that you may never have dreamed.

Well there’s a little secret that designers often use when looking to combine colours that sing. They incorporate the use of a colour wheel to help decide on complementary colours.

Colour Wheel

What’s the main type of colour combos?

Complementary colours- A complementary colour combines a shade, tint or tone of one colour and the colour opposite on the wheel. For example Red and Green.

Split complementary- Choosing one colour and using the colour on each side of its complement on the wheel.

Monochromatic- Using any shade, tint or tone of one colour.

Analogous- Using any shades, tints or tones of colours that lie adjacent to each other on the colour wheel.

Achromatic- A colourless scheme using blacks, whites and greys.

Diad- Using two colours that are two colours apart on the colour wheel e.g Red and Orange

Triad- Colour schemes that use three colours that are equally spaced from each other e.g. red, blue, yellow

Tetrad- a contrast of four or more colours on the wheel

When looking at the colour wheel the key is to focus on the arrows as this helps you work out which colours are going to work. For example when you are wearing red as your dominant colour, turn the dial on the colour wheel to point to RED. From there you will see the arrows for split complementary, complementary, triad and tetrad.


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