Color interactions are going to be the last things we talk about in our color harmony series. If you missed any of the color harmony posts you can find them here! Color interactions are different than color harmonies, harmonies are specific ways of grouping different colors, whereas, interactions are the way colors work together to create some amazing visual effects. So, let’s get right to it…
1. Value Opposition – The value of a color is the lightness or darkness of that color. You can think of the scale going from white to black, yet it applies to any color. The greater the separation of a color on it’s value scale, the more tendency there is to split apart. In the example below, from DesignMaster, you can see that the deeper pink colored rose separates from the other roses.
2. Chromatic Opposition – Chroma is the brightness or dullness of a color, which we discussed in Color Harmonies: Monochromatic. If colors are far apart on the chromatic scale, they will appear far apart to the human eye. The color separation between red and purple is very small in the scheme of things while the color separation between purple and yellow is quite large! See how the yellow flowers in the photo below seem to appear further away from the purple and red flowers yet the purple and red flowers appear very close to each other?
3. Cool-Warm Contrast – Cool colors range from greens to blues to purples, and warm colors consist of reds, oranges and yellows (think fire). To see the color wheel and more, check out Color Harmonies: The Basics. The cool-warm contrast states that warm colors will appear hotter when surrounded by cool colors, but will appear much cooler if paired with other warm colors. The same holds true for cool colors. Let’s look at the example.
The red (warm) croton leaves appear much hotter when paired with the violet (cool) hydrangea, but when the red (warm) croton leaves are paired with the yellow (warm) lilies, the leaves look much cooler. Very interesting…
4. Complementary Contrast – To see the complementary color harmony, click here. Complementary contrast is a law that works with all complementary colors. It says that using complementary colors enhances the vibrancy of both colors! And remember, all colors have a complement!
So, that wraps up our color series, but we’ll leave you with a bit of advice… Look at the big picture. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in designing, you forget about the space your arrangement is designed for. If your design doesn’t work in the environment it where it will be placed, it doesn’t matter how good it is to begin with. Consider peripheral objects like the vase, the table and the room decor and your results will improve dramatically!
Special Thanks to DesignMaster for all their wonderful information and pictures throughout our color series!
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