Analogous - Colors near each other on the wheel. Blue-greens, blues and violets, with a hint of yellow-green complemen-

ting red violet

Analogous Complements -Colors directly across each other on wheel.

Yellow and yellow-orange with violet

Analogous - Colors near each other on the wheel. Green, gold and orange

Complementary - Colors across each other on wheel. Red-oranges, pale red-oranges and greens

Secondary Triad -  Three equally distant colors .

Orange, green and semi-neutral violet

Analogous- Colors near each other on the wheel.

A cool primary red and yellow orange

Décor

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.

Food

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.

Fashion

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.

Color Schemes

Analogous Complementary -  A complementary

pair with analogous color/s. Yellow and violet com-

plements with yellow's analogous color, green


Complementary -  Colors directly across each other on

the wheel. Mostly bright and semi-neutral reds with a

touch of green

Subtle Complementary - Slightly modified colors that

are directly across each other on the color wheel.The hint

of yellow-green on the fruit lying in the cream is the complement of red-violet

Double Complements -  Two sets of complements.

Red and green, yellow and violet

Modified Triad - Three almost equally distant colors on the wheel. The primary colors, red, yellow and blue make a triad. The red-orange is close enough for me.

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.


Complementary -  Colors directly across each other on the wheel.   Red and green with analogous, or bridge color yellow, because yellow sits exactly in the middle of red and green on the color wheel

Analogous Complements - Colors directly across each other on the wheel. Yellow and violet are complements and red-violet is analogous to violet

Complements - Colors directly across each other on the wheel. Tinted

blue with orange

Complements -Colors directly across each other on the wheel Tinted red-orange with tinted blue-green

Analogous Complements - Colors directly across each other on the wheel. Blue-green window and red-orange molding are complementary and pink is analogous to red-orange

Analogous - Colors near each other on the wheel. Beiges, blacks and whites set off the luminous yellow, orange and red

Analogous Complementary Table Setting -  A com-

plementary pair with analogous colors.  Mostly warm colors red and green complements with red-oranges

Analogous Complementary -A complementary pair with analogous color/s. Red-violet's complement is yellow-green.

Because yellow-green is near blue-green on the color wheel and shows great contrast to the red-violet, they are consid-

ered near complements. Blue and Green are analogous colors to blue-green.


Monotone and Neutral Color -  One color with neu-

tral. Semi-neutral reds with white

Floral Design

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

Secondary Triad - Three equally distant colors. Orange, green and

violet

Modified Triad -  Three almost equally distant colors on wheel. Yellow-orange, green and violet collaborative painting with Jennifer Perlmutter

Analogous - Colors near each other on the wheel. Yellow and green with grayed and tinted blue

Complementary - Colors directly across each other on the wheel.

Yellow-orange and grayed blue violet

Analogous-Colors near each other on the wheel. Yellow and blue

Mostly Analogous -Colors near each other on the wheel  with a very small amount of a complementary color. Violet and red- violet

Triad - Three equally distant colors. Green stems,

violet and orange flowers

Double Complements - Two sets of complements. Violet and yellow green and red-orange