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How to Mix and Match Colours

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport

Following on from my blog post on Understanding Colour – Tints, Tones and Shades, Sherilyn asked me:

When considering what colors look best on a person, (I look best in tinted colors) should one go outside that range for contrast…say a tinted blue blouse with a chocolate brown suit….or should one try and stay with in their best range a tinted blue blouse with a mint suit? Sherilyn 

Whether you want to mix tints, tones, pure colours or shades, you want to think about mixing colours of a similar value (lightness or darkness) and those with the same color properties (tints with tints, shades with shades, toasted with toasted).  By mixing colours with similar properties (or resonance) together, you are creating a harmonious color scheme.


mixing tints
mixing tints by imogenl featuring an open cardigan

As you can see from the picture above you want to mix all light colours together and then create your contrast level using a neutral.  Below are options of mixing pure colours, toasted colours and shades – just to help you get a visual picture of how colours with similar properties work so well together.

mixing pure colours
mixing pure colours by imogenl featuring blue jeans


Mixing Toasted Warm Colours
Mixing Toasted Warm Colours by imogenl featuring jeggings leggings
mixing shades
mixing shades by imogenl featuring knee high skirts

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