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Choosing Colors

The first most important step in planning any event is color choice. This is much easier when you have basic knowledge of the color wheel and which colors go together and which ones do not. Once you understand how colors work on the color wheel it will be easy for you to choose colors that match and complement your event. 

color wheel

The Traditional color wheel has three primary colors: red, yellow and blue. These three colors is what all other colors are made of and cannot be made from any other colors.

Secondary colors are obtained when two primary colors are mixed together. The three secondary colors are Orange, Green and Violet. Intermediate Colors occur when an adjoining primary and secondary color are mixed.

The intermediate colors are: Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow-Green, Blue-Green, Blue-Violet and Red-Violet. Value-the lightness or darkness of a color. The value of a color is altered by adding white (tints), gray (tones) or black (shades).

monochromatic  Monochromatic - The use of one color, with tints, tones and shades of the same color. Example: Using various red and pink flowers together.
analogs Analogous - The use of colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel. Example: Cobalt can work with blue-greens, greens, blue-violet and violet.
complementary  Complementary - the use of opposites on the color wheel. Example: Red flowers in a green vase can make the flowers really stand out. 
triadic  Triadic - the use of three colors equal distant on the color wheel.