Most outfits will have some elements of colour matching, whether that’s matching, contrasting, or a combination.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Build Your Signature Wardrobe: How to look good and feel confident in four steps says“On the surface, colour and colour matching seems very simple, but it can be complicated to achieve a harmonious balance.”
- Get the hue right: A hue is just the colour you end up with when you mix other colours together. A pure saturated hue is the full-on in your face version of the colour. This is important for colour matching schemes; monochromatic, analogous, or complementary.
- Get the value right: When you add white to a pure hue, you get a tint; a desaturated colour (pastel) that is less aggressive than the pure hue. Adding black produces a shade; a deeper and richer version. Or if you mix in both black and white (grey) you get a more subtle or heathered tone. Pure hues, tints, shades, and tones do not always match well, even when they share the same base hue.
- Get the temperature right: Warm colours are mainly reds and yellows, whereas cool colours are mainly blues and greens. You can mix them if the colour values are similar, but many people find that they look and feel better if they stay within one value.
- Be inspired by nature: One of the best ways to colour match is to copy nature; for example purple and yellow pansies, white and orange koi, or stormy grey skies.
- Protect your colours: Once you’ve got your colour matching worked out, protect your outfits it by making sure your colours don’t contaminate each other in the wash. Wash colours separately, or add a product that absorbs colour runs. Periodically use a dye remover to restore the original colour, but read the instructions carefully as these don’t work on all fabrics.
These five tips will help you colour match your outfits, and ensure that they stay matched for the life of the garments.
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