Near Complementary
Color Scheme

Near complementary color scheme is similar to a complimentary scheme but with more exciting results.

Combining your starting color with the color to the right or left of its Complement will produce more interesting two-color combination.

For example instead of the true complement of violet and yellow try violet and yellow-orange or violet and yellow-green.

Or instead of the red and green complementary color scheme, try red and yellow-green (olive) or light red (pink) and light blue-green (turquoise).

When put together, near complements 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 Near Complementary Color Schemes:


near complementary purple orange bracelet near complementary 1


Bracelet by Gloria-Jean Browne



near complementary my true love near complementary 2

My True Love Was True by Laurie Eller



near complementary turq orange necklace near complementary 3


Simply Stringing Necklace by Gloria-Jean Browne



near complementary red greed bracelet near complementary 6



Feng Shui "Fame Bagui" bracelet by Gloria-Jean Browne


near complementary abalone button near complementary 4



Freeform peyote necklace
with abalone buttons by Maureen Chin



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