Selecting pleasing colors and patterns for our home and work environment can affect our moods in subtle ways that influ-
ence our feelings about ourselves and others. If the environment is soothing, calm, and/or bright, filled with wonderful color scheme choices, we will be more than likely inspired to take time to relax from time to time so we can enjoy the environment around us. These examples show color used in playful and delicate ways in order to brighten and/or calm the spirit.
Every meal we eat can look as beautiful as it tastes. Because so many of our foods are red and green, this complement-
ary pair of colors is easy to work with to make beautiful looking presentations. As you can see below, yellows and violets as well as oranges can be arranged next to each other to look very appetizing. If you like to grow edible flowers such as nasturtiums, borage flowers and pansies, you can use their wonderful colors and shapes to accent any meal. To add a special touch of color try decorating platters with non-edible flowers, such as roses or any other flower whose colors enhance the look of the dish you're serving.
Our body type, skin coloring, personality and mood all have an influence on the clothes we like to wear, and the colors we choose to wear will look good on us if we are aware of all these factors. Danielle is wearing the colors she enjoys. The color schemes she has chosen for herself are simple, bold and elegant. The different styles and selection of colors are suited for a variety of occasions. Her skin tone looks particularly beautiful when it is surrounded by dark valued and/or bright colors.
Double Complements - Two sets of complements.
Painting, Photography and All Works of Art
These paintings and photographs show a variety of color schemes. Sometimes I know I would like to make a painting with a particular color scheme, so I start a painting with the color scheme in mind. Other times, a beautiful scene catches my eye, and I take a photograph without thinking about the color scheme. However, I can adjust the color of the photograph later using the software program Photoshop, knowing that certain color schemes will enhance the original photograph. Before Jennifer and I painted the abstract painting shown here, we didn't design a full color scheme. The colors most at-
tractive to us emerged, and after we viewed the painting from a distance, we selected colors for completing the painting based on our knowledge of color schemes and our intuition.
Learn how your understanding of color can enhance your artwork, food preparation, fashion, floral designs, and décor.
As you view each category, you will start to get acquainted with color schemes. Sometimes it is difficult to perfectly define an exact color scheme. What is most important is that you understand that color schemes are beautiful ways to combine color and variations of specific color schemes can be very beautiful as well. The color wheels and color guide will help you understand from the ground up how to see color, make color, and arrange with color schemes in striking ways. Just for starters, here are some definitions of color combinations that can be found on my color wheel. Complements = two colors that lie directly across from each other. Analogous colors = up to four colors next to each other. Triads = three colors equally spaced from each other, showing three colored circles between each of these colors. Monotone = one color, with some variation of value and very subtle variations in color.
Whether you are planting a garden or arranging flowers in a vase, the presence of flowers can add much joy to your life. This indoor and outdoor display of flowers shows how monotone, analogous, complementary, and triadic color schemes can be very pleasing to the eye. In some cases, neutral colors, such as beiges, will serve as the perfect backdrop for brighter flowers, offering the flower arrangement or bed of flowers the center stage.
Paint, Combine and Choose Color with Confidence