Colour Harmonies/Schemes


What is Colour Harmony?

Harmony is nature’s way of saying that two or more things together make sense. Colour harmony represents a satisfying balance or unity of colours. Combinations of colours that exist in harmony are pleasing to the eye. The human brain distinguishes the visual interest and the sense of order created by the harmony and forms a dynamic equilibrium.

Colour Harmonies

Monochromatic harmony uses various values (tints, tones, and shades) within the same colour family.



Analogous harmonies are based on three or more colours that sit side-by-side on the color wheel.



Complementary colours (or Direct Complementary) are those that appear opposite each other on the colour wheel.16


A split-complementary colour arrangement results from one colour paired with two colours on either side of the original colour’s direct complement creating a scheme containing three colours.



Double complement harmonies include two sets of complementary colours that sit next to and across from each other on the colour wheel forming an X.



Tetrad combinations are made up of four hues equal distance from one another, forming a square or rectangle on the colour wheel.



Diad schemes are combinations of two colours located two steps apart on the colour wheel, skipping the colour in between.



Triad colours are three colours equally spaced from one another, creating an equilateral triangle on the colour wheel.21

Colour greatly affect the psychology of an individual. People react differently to different colour palettes and by associating different colours one can create and set a mood.


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