Color Theory: Complementary Colors and How to Use Them

Colors are important in making our artwork look good. But, how can you know if your color choices will work well together? When in doubt, you can rely on the basics of color theory to always make good color decisions.

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This is the Close To My Heart color wheel, made up of all of our exclusive colors.

(Download your printable CTMH color wheel here.)

Complementary colors are two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, such as Cranberry and Willow (red and green), and Goldrush and Pacifica (orange and blue). If you notice, one side of the color wheel is made up of warm colors while the other is made up of cool colors. Complementary colors, since they are across from one another, will have one of each. They create a vibrant contrast, making each other pop without being jarring to the eye.

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When you’re creating your art, in this case a scrapbook page, avoid using the two colors equally. To keep your artwork interesting, try using one of the colors primarily as a background and the other for accents.

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You can create something beautiful using one set of complementary colors. Like in this card and the page above, simply incorporating different hues of the same color (or color family) will give your art the visual interest we all seek.

Knowing how to properly use color will only enhance your artwork. Look for a new Color Theory post every month where we will share basic color concepts and artwork inspiration to help you make flawless color decisions that will elevate your artwork.


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Wonderful Page
D1757 My Acrylix® Stargazer—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
1¼”, 1½” Shift + Border <L> (p. 66, M46848)

4¼” x 5½” The World Is Yours to Explore Card (Horizontal)
B1565 My Acrylix® A New Adventure Stamp Set, X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadX7229C Stargazer Complements, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
2½” Shift + Border <TeamWork> (p. 83., M46F65)

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11 thoughts on “Color Theory: Complementary Colors and How to Use Them

  1. Thank you so much for our very own Colourwheel! This is going to be a fantastic tool to help our Customers choose colour schemes when we (the consultant) are’nt around to help them.

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  2. Thank you so much for our very own Colourwheel! This is going to be a fantastic tool to help our Customers choose colour schemes when we (the consultant) aren’t around to help them.

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    • If you want three colours you can use a split-complementary trio. choose one main colour and the two colours on either side of the main colours complement. ex. blue is your main colour then add in not orange but red orange and yellow orange. Don’t use them equally, think 60/ 30 /10 %. You can also use blue orange and either red orange or yellow orange, it’s not a recognized combo but it will also work but the oranges will appear much closer in hue.

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  3. Pingback: Color Theory: Monochromatic and Analogous Colors | Make It from Your Heart

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