A quick recap from Part 1- we covered the emotional definition of colors.  If you did not catch the blog post CLICK HERE to review.

For the next 2, “The Emotion of Color Trilogy”, blog posts we will be addressing how to play up the colors with other hues on the color wheel.  Post #2 will address the colors that are found on the warm side of the color wheel and #3 will cover the cool side.  But before that, let’s review the difference between foundational colors and accent colors.

Foundational colorsthese are achromatic colors or colorless e.g. black, white, grays, and browns.

Accent Color Roy G Biv colors or red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, and violet.  Are you having flashbacks from elementary school art class?

Also, do you remember from science class what Sir Isaac Newton taught us about how we see color?  Colors are a component of light.  And without light, color does not exist.  More to come in another blog post.

Our first color is RED.  It has the longest wavelength or lowest frequency on the electromagnetic spectrum.  The color of red is on the warm side of the color wheel and it’s energy can amp up any of your outfit looks.  Red pairs well with it’s analogous hue orange-red, perfect with a medium to dark valued brown,  with it’s complimentary partner green, and with a darker value of itself.

Re-energize with red           Play Up Your Red With

The second warm color is ORANGE.  It has the second longest wavelength and a lower frequency on the electromagnetic spectrum.  Because orange can be perceived as a “not a serious color”, it is often thought of as tacky.  You can take this color from tacky to tasteful by pairing it with these luxurious colors.  Orange pairs well with it’s analogous hue yellow-orange, perfect with a lighter valued brown,  with it’s complimentary partner blue/turquoise, and with a stunning red-violet. 

Adding Luxe to Orange           Orange Plays Well With  

The last warm color is YELLOW.  It has a medium frequency and wavelength on the electromagnetic spectrum.  The connotation of yellow is all about it’s cheery disposition and it is the most recognized and noticed color during a first impression.  You can create smart and intelligent color combinations and while maintaining the pep of the hue.  Yellow pairs well with it’s analogous hue yellow-green, perfect with a medium to dark valued navy, with it’s complimentary partner violet, and with the classic black.

Make Yellow Intelligent          Play Up Your Yellow With

Would love to hear what color combinations you would wear?  Or any feedback you would like to share by scrolling down to the comment box below.