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.
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.
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.
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.