Analogous Color Scheme
An analogous color scheme uses three to five colors and their tints and shadings that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. They tend to live harmoniously because they are relatives to each other.
All of the colors share a common hue, for example, red-violet, red, and red-orange. The presentation and feeling is similar to a monochromatic scheme with a larger assortment of hues from which to choose.
They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs. Analogous palettes are rich and always easy to work with.
With this color scheme, one color is usually the dominant one, while the others serve as an accent to the dominant color.
Although you are limited in colors when using this scheme that does not mean your pieces have to be boring. Just vary the intensity (how dull or bright a color is) and value (how light or dark a color is), you could also mix texture, shape and size to make your pieces more interesting and pleasing to the eye.
Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. If ever in doubt about what looks good, look to nature. The color combinations are breathtakingly beautiful and are in full harmony.
The following are examples of Analogous Color Schemes.
Wine Country Bracelet by Paula Huckabay
Dangle Bracelet by jessprkle
Darkpearls by Vampi Choy
Carnelian, agate, peach moonstone, amber, citrine, picture jasper and crystals by Gloria-Jean Browne.
Volcano by Vampi Choy
Using the Color Wheel to Create Stunning Combinations
Being able to use colors consciously and harmoniously can help you create spectacular results when designing bead jewelry.
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