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How to Co-ordinate Colours

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport

Hi Imogen, just wondering if you will be doing more discussions on color coordinating. I had my colors done and I am a winter. I know what colors look best on me however not quite sure on how to incorporate multiple colors, and putting multiple colors together that you won’t routinely think will go but work well. In stating this, it would be nice to have ebook that is designated on use of color showing you how to team up colors in a picture format for each color season. I know you touch on it briefly, but something more in depth would be great.

Thanks for your time. I loved the the ebook The Finishing Touch, very informative, and helpful!

Sincerely,

Nikkie

 

How to Co-ordinate Colours

the sea that inspired Rosina

Thanks Nikkie for your email.  I’m actually adding to and upgrading my ebook COME ALIVE WITH COLOUR and it will have lots and lots of information about all topics colour, but for now I’ll give you some ideas on mixing colours.

Colour mixes are abundant in nature.  Have a look around and notice what you feel is beautiful.  It could be a single plant or a landscape or scenery.  Often when we use nature as our guide we can create a really beautiful palette to work with.

How to Co-ordinate Colours

Rosina from Middle Ageless

Do you remember Rosina?  She talked about how she loves the sea and it influences the way she dresses.

What are the landscapes that make you swoon?

How to Co-ordinate Colours

Landscapes that inspire you?

 

Here are just a few landscapes, filled with colours that could inspire you to think about mixing colours.  Notice how the intensity or saturation of the colours remains the same and works with each of the colours – so bright with bright or soft with soft.

How to Co-ordinate Colours

City landscapes that inspire

No matter what kind of scenery that inspires you look at how the colours work together.  What are the patterns?  Are they high or low contrast?

How to Co-ordinate Colours

Colour schemes in nature

Look how nature puts together colour combinations.  Here with these birds and fish we can see everything from monochromatic, analogous, triadic and complementary colour schemes all replicated in these creatures.

So how do you translate these to your outfits?  Firstly, think about your colour wheel and how you can use it to create a colour scheme.

How to Co-ordinate Colours

colour schemes using the colour wheel

1. Monochromatic – shades of the same colour

2. Analogous – 2-3 colours next to each other on the colour wheel

3. Complementary – colours opposite on the colour wheel

4. Triadic – 2-3 colours equally spaced on the colour wheel

colour schemes

 

colour schemes by imogenl featuring a drape neck dress

Match like colours together, warm with warm, cool with cool, bright with bright etc.  Here are a couple more polyvore examples to help you think about mixing ‘like’ colours.

 

Light

 

Light by imogenl featuring hippie shirts

 

Deep

 

Deep by imogenl featuring long sleeve cotton shirts

So you can see that by using the colour wheel and nature you can look for more unusual or interesting colour schemes to try out in your clothes.

You may find that this post on choosing colours helps you think about mixing colours too.

 

colour schemes in scarves

 

colour schemes in scarves by imogenl featuring a wool shawl

Just remember that you don’t want to dress in equal portions, it’s better to have a dominant colour, a secondary colour and when bringing in a tertiary colour it should be a much smaller percentage.

Which colour schemes do you love?

What in nature inspires you?


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