Simultaneous contrast and complementary colours

I love colour in my life, it makes me happy.  I am increasingly becoming aware of the effect of simultaneous contrast. It’s the way in which two different colours affect each other, how one color can change, how we perceive the tone and hue of another when they are placed side by side. The colours themselves don’t change, but we see them as altered.

They make a strange pair. They are opposite, they require each other. They incite each other to maximum vividness when adjacent; and when mixed, annihilate each other to gray-black- like fire and water.

There is always one colour complementary to a given colour. Examples are yellow- violet, blue-orange, red- green.

Colours are most intense when two complementary colours are juxtaposed directly next to each other.

I absolutely love blue in all it’s tones and shades and because orange is it’s complementary color, I have been drawn to it too. Above are a couple of my silk necklaces that I usually wear in combination.

What are your current favourite colors and are their complementary colours  featuring in your life too?

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  1. November 5, 2012 / 3:00 pm

    Thank you for the sweet get well wishes…just trying to take it one day at a time. I love colors too!! Colors of any kind…get my heart a pumping♥ I think right now…one of my favorite combos are aqua and coral…yummy. Stand alone color…red!
    Laurie

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