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Color Theory: Studying The World Of Color With Isabella Kung

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Step 4: Complementary Colors For Contrast

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Another color scheme which is much more common is the complementary color scheme. Complementary colors are two different colors that are opposites on the color wheel, meaning they complement each other visually. Examples include: Yellow/Purple, Green/Red, and Blue/Orange.

As pictured above, Isabella painted a red flower on her paper (you can follow along as well!). So what happens when you add a Cadmium Orange background? The flower will not stand out so much. However, if you add a Perylene Green background, the red complements that green, making the flower stand out beautifully. This is a perfect example of why complementary colors are visually appealing to the eye, which makes it a big part of color theory.