2D Project 3: Colour Harmonies (Research)

Harmony /ˈhɑːməni/

Definition: the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole

There are three attributes in a colour – hue, saturation and value.
  • Hue refers to a colour/shade
  • Saturation refers to the colour intensity
  • Value refers to the tone, from light to dark
And this is what happens when colours collide euphonically.
1. Monochrome harmony

Value and saturation are present with no hue involved.

Middle Age by Andrew Hitchen ©

(Scratch Productions, Andrew Hitchen, Flickr)

2. analogous harmony

Use of one or more neighbouring hues on the colour palette.

Example by www.nucly.com

Art for new @jodyhighroller socks available for preorder tommorrow with the Purple Icon, chopped by @ogronc on @maddecent

(Mike Jones, Flickr)

3. Analogous harmony warm and cool

Warm is represented by spectrum of colour red, while cool is represented by blue shades.

(Zoran Pungerčar, Flickr)


(SOMArts Cultural Center, Ajuan Mance, Flickr)

4. Complementary hues

Combination of two hues at the opposite ends of the colour palette.

Example by www.tigercolor.com

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(vaula, Flickr)

5. Split Complementary

Combination of 3 or more hues at the opposing ends of palette.

Triad Harmony:

Example by luminous-landscape.com


(Kid Kolorki, Flickr)

Tetrad Harmony:

Example by www.tigercolor.com


(bayananderson, Flickr)


Author: Lau Yi Wen

ok i'll try

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