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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Color Theory
Colors are personal, and there are few that work for everyone. But if you’re someone who is not familiar with color theory, it can be tough to know which colors to wear. If you feel like you’ve been wearing the same 4 colors and want to break out of your rut, read on. These five basic tips for colors will help you learn how to wear color like a pro.
There are six primary colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Black. There are also a few primary colors that many consider to be secondary: White, Grey, Silver, and Purple. These secondary colors usually give you a deeper, more unique hue. Here is a chart of all the colors in a color wheel: Getting Started There are 5 basic color combinations: Red-Orange, Red-Yellow, Green-Yellow, Green-Blue, and Yellow-Blue. Each of these combinations can be combined with a basic color to give you a new color. Here’s a color wheel to help you get started: Basic Color Combinations Next, it’s time to start mixing colors. This is where color theory really comes into play. There are a lot of different combinations you can try.
The color wheel is a good place to start for beginners. The key thing to remember is that there are no “wrong” colors. There are only “different.” If you’ve got a warm red, don’t go with a pink. It’s just not as vibrant. And if you’re lucky enough to have a cool green, don’t wear a purple. It’s not as bright. The colors you choose will always be dictated by your mood and the message you’re trying to send. So learn the colors in each corner of the wheel. (These are the four colors in each quadrant.) Then pick a color and try mixing it with the opposite colors. If you pick blue and purple, it won’t work. But if you mix red and green, you may have a winner! Rules of Styling You don’t have to dress in a particular way. You don’t even have to dress well.
Color Theory 101
Color is the easiest way to communicate our moods and the stories we tell about ourselves. This means that choosing color should be a fun exercise, rather than a critical part of your wardrobe. Color is a function of brightness, saturation, and hue. Bright colors are more noticeable, and so are cool colors. Hue is the intensity or color temperature, or how warm or cool the color is. Hue and saturation affect the perception of color. To convert color to actual, tangible shades of blue, red, and green, you need a color wheel. Here’s a color wheel, so you can visualize how colors relate to each other: Hue Saturation Luminosity Luminance is what’s in the light. White is considered to be the lightest color. For instance, our skin should be the purest white.
Warm vs. Cool
For most of us, the warm and cool tones have always been the norm. But the truth is, it’s much more complicated than that. Take black for example. We see it all the time worn by men and women. But black isn’t just a warm, basic, neutral color. It actually has a pretty broad range of textures, hues, and shades. A color like black is not only an excellent base for everything in your closet but it also gives you a chance to step outside your comfort zone. The Color Wheel 1. To understand the difference between warm and cool tones, let’s take a look at the color wheel. This is a fun little thing that you can reference whenever you want to really understand colors and what they mean. The color wheel shows all the hues on a spectrum from the darkest black to the lightest yellow.
5 Tips to Wear Color with Confidence
1. Don’t Go Crazy with the Shades If you’re anything like me, you might like to go in with a pair of rose-gold sunglasses or lip gloss for each outfit and complete your outfit with the opposite. But before you toss everything and go wild, be sure to consider how you’re going to wear the color in your wardrobe. You might get some compliments on your lipstick, but if you pair it with a poufy dress or a sweatshirt, you might look sloppy or even obnoxious. Colors that overlap each other in nature have opposite qualities. Many of the greens on my computer screen are near each other on the color wheel. If I wore one of those colors with a pink cardigan, you could say I have two themes on my face.
The color wheel can be a bit overwhelming when you first see it. Even if you’re a color fanatic and know how to apply it, there are still a lot of colors and combinations to learn about. The best way to start learning more about color is to start focusing on color combinations. I’ve included below 5 simple tips to help you start learning to mix colors and wearing your favorites with different looks. However, if you’d rather take the fast route and learn everything about color theory right now, you can check out the What Color Is it? glossary.
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