Layout | Colour combining

Good article on colour combinations. The focus here is on web design, but it can be easily applied to print as well. There are six different colour combinations described:

  • Monochromatic
  • Analogous
  • Complementary
  • Split Complementary
  • Triadic
  • Tetradic

1. Monochromatic

Monochromatic Color Schemes
Using several tones of a single colour; such as light, medium and dark blue.

2. Analogous

Analogous Color Scheme
Using three consecutive colours from the colour wheel; such as blue, green, lime

3. Complemenatry

Complementary Color Schemes
Using two complementary colours, which are colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel; such as violet and orange.

4. Split Complentary

Split Complementary Color Schemes
Taking a colour, and the colours either side of the complementary colour; such as yellow with red and blue violet.

5. Triadic

Split Complementary Color Schemes
Using three colours, equally spaced across the colour wheel; such as blue, lime and red.

6. Tetradic

Split Complementary Color Schemes
Using four colours, equally spaced across the colour wheel; such as red, green, blue violet and orange.

Beginners Guide to Using the Power of Color in Web Design – Speckyboy Design Magazine.

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