4 contrasting color combinations

Opposites Attract: 4 contrasting, complementary color combinations

Jennifer Foy has over 12 years of experience using Adobe Photoshop. She has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Her years of teaching experience include numerous software and design classes in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Freehand and InDesign for Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia; and Louisville, Kentucky. Jennifer is currently working as the Creative Director and Universal Woods with the Unisub and Chromaluxe brands. Jennifer can be reached by email at jenniferf@unisub.com

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The basics of color date back to the days of elementary school. This was when ROY G. BIV came into the picture, usually appearing after a rainstorm. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet are the colors of a rainbow. All of these colors can be found on the traditional color wheel.

The color opposites are as follows:

  1. Orange against blue
  2. Red complements green
  3. Yellow against purple
  4. Black and white

While these colors can be opposites, it’s their value and shade that can make them complementary pairs. While certain tones of various colors will blind a viewer, others attract the human eye. A sunflower gold next to a deep purple complement each other. Basic yellow next to bright purple will not contrast as much because the value will be similar.

—Jennifer Foy