How to wear tricky colours 2: Colour Wheel

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Source: www.beadsandpieces.com

 

Of course I don’t mean to flog a dead horse. But the Greenery dilemma made me very much want to look at how to work with tricky colours in a systematic way, rather than hoping inspiration strikes, and that I’m paying attention when it does.

Beads and pieces has a lovely brief intro, with pictures on how to use a colour wheel.

If we look at the Green segment, we can see various shades of green, all of which would work with Greenery (the darkest, outermost* hue in that segment), in a monochromatic palette.

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We could combine our Greenery with the Blue-Green and the Yellow-Green neighbours, for an analogous palette.

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We could look at Greenery’s complement on the opposite side of the wheel: mauve pinks (some colour wheels will give you red, but no one wants to look like the Ghost of Christmas Past, so we’ll go with mauve pink for now).

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Another alternative would be to look at the split complementary colours. These are the direct neighbours of the complement: pink and mauve (for a red complement, red-violet and red-orange).

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Or various tetrads (four colours), here we have Greenery and its complement on both ends, with two neighbours in the middle.

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Another tetrad: three analogous colours plus the complement.

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So what do you think? Do these combinations make Greenery more wearable? Or knittable?

 

 

Palette source: paletton.com

*Please note, apart from the monochromatic palette, I am referring to the colours in the outermost ring of the colourwheel.

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