Complementary

September 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Complementary colors are those that are opposite of each other on the color wheel, as in this example of purple and yellow. The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look. Notice the yellow center in one of the flowers. And there are two bumble bees. I planned it that way! Another happy accident.

It is easy to over-saturate complementary colors and ruin the effect; it becomes jarring. The right balance, however, is pleasant and energizing. This could be said about human relations as well. Opposites attract, and if they are not overly-saturated, it can be an energizing relationship. And just like colors, the relationship is enhanced by balance. (I think you'll need to define "over-saturated" for yourself. You could probably recognize it when you see it!)

 


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