Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Beauty of Colors - Part II

In last month's article, we discussed the importance of color in defining mood, taste, and style. This month, we dig a bit deeper to explore how colors can be combined to produce an endless array of visually appealing colors.

I find it fascinating that you can get about all the colors in the world with just different combinations of the 3 primary colors (Red, Blue, Yellow). Remember Crayola's Law of Colors which states the number of colors doubles every 28 years? Well, this is only achieved with different combinations of colors on the color wheel below.

* Source from http://www.malanenewman.com/images/colorwheel_browsersafe.gif

The color combination possibilities are endless. In fact, I was intrigued by an article in the January/February 2010 Design New England magazine that had listed and shown vibrant colors with names such as Daredevil, Torch, Babouche, Carnival, and Tangerine.

There is a fairly robust body of work on the internet about colors with my favorite starting point being http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_wheel.

Just remember you sometimes don't even need color combinations to have a visually striking composition. You can choose just one color and use a monochromatic theme similar to the example picture below to achieve the desired outcome.

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