Complementary Color Scheme

The complementary color scheme is made of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel to create maximum contrast. This scheme looks best when you put a warm color against a cool color.

The color directly opposite your starting color is called its complement and is used as an accent. A primary color will always be opposite a secondary color. Tertiary colors are always opposite each other.

Proving the rule that opposites attract, these pairings can always be found at opposite ends from each other on a color wheel. When put together, they bring out the best in each other, making both colors look cleaner and brighter than if either were mixed with, say, a neutral gray or a different shade of the same hue.

The following are examples of Complementary Color Schemes.

complementary red pink necklaces complimentary red green



Holiday Magic by Sherry Miller-Lo. Pink and peridot illusion necklace by Gloria-Jean Browne. Although both these necklaces have a total different look and feel to them the are both part of the same family of hues in this complement color scheme. The beads in the bottom necklace are tints of red and green.





complimentary flower pendant complementary purple yellow



Passion Flower by Laura McCabe






complementary tu complementary turquoise peach

Love Me Tender by Laurie Eller






complementary school spirit complementary blue orange



School Spirit by Bracelets by Linda




complimentary rope necklace complimentary wine green




Crocheted Necklace by Maureen Chin




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