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What Exactly is Low Value Contrast

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport

Understanding what low value contrast is and who it suits

Low Value Contrast means colours that are only 1-3 shades away from each other (on a gray scale such as this):

grey scale

It doesn’t matter where on the gray scale the items sit, just they need to be close to each other in depth of color.

What it doesn’t mean is that the colours have to be similar to each other (that’s color contrast).

To find out your ultimate value contrast read this post.

Here are some examples of Low Value Contrast in different values and also different color contrasts.

Love Value Contrast – Light Value

If you have overall light value (fair and lighter or blonde hair) and you are low value contrast then work with an overall light palette such as this.

What Exactly is Low Value Contrast

 

You will see that the top and skirt (and all accessories) are a similar value (that is level of lightness or darkness).  This is in a light value (all light colours).  This outfit is also an example of 2 neutrals plus one color.

Medium-Light Value – Low Value Contrast

Here is a Medium-Light Value (it’s really in between medium and light colours, but not really light).  Still in a low value contrast.  It looks more contrasted because of the higher colour contrast.

What Exactly is Low Value Contrast

Here is an example of low value contrast in a medium-light value and but with multiple colours (orange and yellow orange being analogous, then the green being triadic from the yellow and split complementary from the orange).

 Deep Value – Love Value Contrast

What Exactly is Low Value Contrast

Here is another example of low value contrast, in a deep or dark value (deep and dark are really describing the same thing).
With the navy and black both being neutral – you could class this as 2 neutrals. But I would say that in this instance the navy works more in the top as a color – so it would be neutral plus 1 color with its color contrast.

As I’m Medium Value Contrast – low value contrast doesn’t look great on me  – it makes me feel a bit bland.  To get away with it I had to wear some seriously blingy earrings which reflected light.

low value contrast outfit

Read up more about Value Contrast

WHAT EXACTLY IS MEDIUM-HIGH VALUE CONTRAST?

VALUE CONTRAST AND YOUR VALUE

GETTING YOUR VALUE CONTRAST LEVELS RIGHT

WHAT IS MY VALUE CONTRAST?

HOW ANYONE CAN WEAR A HIGH CONTRAST PRINT

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CONTRAST -HIGH CONTRAST

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CONTRAST – LOW CONTRAST

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CONTRAST – MEDIUM CONTRAST

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