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Colour masterclass-how to match green


This blog post follows on from last week's colour masterclass - how to identify the best Green for your seasonal palette. In the second of this two part mini-masterclass series, I'm going to show you how to mix and match that green with other colours from your palette.

Combining colours is where the magic really happens. Colours that sit on the edge of your palette are pulled into place, and the overall effect of the season is enhanced by the combination of colour and how they are put together.

As with last week, we're going to focus on Green, this time picking one version from each palette and looking at how to combine it in different ways. Again, all of the lessons learned will be applicable to other colours within your palette.



Tonal colours are simply different versions of the same colour, with white, black or grey added to it.

You may be familiar with the idea that the Clear seasons (Spring and Winter) look better with contrast in their outfits, while the Soft seasons (Summer and Autumn) need a more tonal look. Clearly tonal is easy with this colour combination - indeed, adding another similar colour can enhance the tonal look even more - but how do Springs and Winters ensure there is some contrast? The key is to add a third colour which is in contrast either in terms of lightness/darkness, or a totally different hue.


Springs: Zesty Lime Chloe Jacket + Apple Mint Semi Scoop Neck

Summers: Deep Lagoon Cotton Weekend Skirt + Mint Ice Cara V Neck

Autumns: Lime Betty Cowl + Dark Olive Ruched Skirt

Winters: Deep Pine Chloe Jacket + Light Emerald Silky Crew Neck


Analogous colours can feel similar to tonal, but the trick here is that we are choosing one of the adjacent colours on the colour wheel, rather than the same colour.

The two colours adjacent to Green are Teal/Blue and Yellow, so we have those to choose from. In order to preserve Autumn and Summer's tonal looks, I've chosen colours that aren't too far away in terms of lightness/darkness from our original green, but a more high contrast look could easily be created (Ice Blue, for instance, for Summer, and Yellow Ochre for Autumn). For Spring and Winter I have done the opposite, and injected as much brightness and variation in, despite the somewhat tonal feel of analogous colours. Again, I would be tempted to add in a third colour for the two Clear seasons, in order to up the contrast level.


Springs: Apple Mint Cotton Rib Shirt + Aquarius Cotton Camilla Top

Summers: Deep Lagoon Lydia Linen Tee + Twilight Cotton Weekend Skirt

Autumns: Dark Olive Mid Cascade + Golden Yellow Long Sleeve Cowl Neck

Winters: Dark Emerald Long Sleeve Faux Wrap + Acid Yellow Florence Infinity Scarf


A complementary colour is one which sits directly on the opposite side of the colour wheel. For a true Green, this complementary colour is Red. A true complementary would sit at a similar depth to the original Green (ie the same level of lightness/darkness), but I've played with this idea a little to create the contrasting or tonal looks that work so well for each season.


Springs: Apple Mint Faux Wrap 3/4 Sleeve + Pink Geranium Cashmere Gauze Stole

Summers: Deep Lagoon T Shirt Dress + Burgundy Roxy Jacket

Autumns: Dark Olive Long Cascade + True Red Silky Scoop

Winters: Hot Pink Cotton Weekend Skirt + Light Emerald Silky Scoop

Once you've mastered tonal, analogous and contrasting colours, the world is your oyster! You can combine different techniques or even start playing around with triadic colour combinations.

For even more colour combining inspiration, why not check out our colour blocking board on Pinterest, or join us in the Kettlewell Colour Club Facebook group for a world of inspiration.

Sheila on Jul 03, 2021 1:32 PM

This post was mentioned in the live on 2nd July. I’m a Summer and have not worn much green to date simply because I wasn’t sure what to pair it with. I do now, I’m happy to say.

Judith Makoff on Jun 30, 2021 10:53 AM

Lovely blog! Yes, please do one for some other colours too! Inspiring.

Kathie on Jun 29, 2021 9:47 PM

Please think about doing a master class for those of us classified in a tonal system.

Amanda J on Jun 27, 2021 9:33 AM

Thanks Kettlewell for this super blog. I’m a Spring and I bought a colour wheel to help me identify the complementary colours that make the best look for me.

Jayne McClelland on Jun 26, 2021 1:10 PM

Until 5 minutes ago I'd have interpreted the Autumn colourway of Lime Betty and Dark Olive Ruched as contrasting. Finally I see what tonal is. Bit late to the party but starting to get more clued up now. So now to try an embrace the combinations you have shown here and not shy away from the brighter colours. Thanks Jo.

Cynthia on Jun 26, 2021 11:59 AM

This is superbly done! I am a Mary Kay consultant and have recently been trying to figure out my own best eye shadow colors. The advice given is mostly to do complementary colors but that does not always work. As a soft, I will try analogous or tonal. So enjoy your Saturday blogs!

Carrie on Jun 26, 2021 1:54 AM

Such a helpful post. Thank you for these explanations and seasonal examples!

Helen H on Jun 25, 2021 7:23 PM

The last two in depth colour blogs on the subject of green have been excellent. Understanding how colours work together using tonal, harmonious and contrasting combinations helps us make informed choices. As a Winter, I instinctively know that I suit contrast, but it's great to know how to manage it. I can see that I am drawn to analagous colours with extreme variation - love the Dark Emerald/Acid Yellow pairing.

Thanks, Jo - really interesting.

Helen Williamson on Jun 25, 2021 5:40 PM

Great blog, I know I like these colour combos, but wasn’t sure why. Thanks.

Elena on Jun 25, 2021 2:03 PM

Please do similar Masterclasses for ALL the colours!!!

Thank you


Linda on Jun 25, 2021 12:01 PM

Oooh deep lagoon and burgundy! I’d have never thought of that but love it - thanks!