Designing with an Analogous Color Scheme | Kim Watson

Pinterest is a beautiful thing in the life of any designer.

When writing this blog post & wanting to find an existing image on the web to explain the color wheel…it was Pinterest to the rescue! 

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Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs when combined together into a scrapbook page. Analogous color schemes are often found in nature so are more often than not, harmonious & pleasing to the eye.

When choosing patterns using an analogous scheme, make sure you have enough contrast between your colors. I chose one color to dominate (the lime green), a second to support (the turquoise). The third color grey, is used (along with dark navy blue, white) as an accent.

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NOTE: There are many super color palette generators on the web, my favorite is Color Scheme Designer. This is what my color scheme, used on my page,  looks like using the Color Scheme Designer.@KimWatson @HipKitClub @HeidiSwapp #hitkitclub #scrapbooking #papercrafting #layout

Dark navy blue zig-zag machine stitching, adds fabulous interest & further supports my chose of accent color. White matting & paper backgrounds, add fresh breathing space to a page heavy on color.

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The understated patterns of the PL cards, meant I could sneak little index sized photos onto them, without looking cluttered. Tags & little tab accents add visual breaks within the page design.

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Using triangles adds cool directionality to the page, forcing one’s eyes to travel around the page. If you are wanting to soften a very graphic page, try using paint. It is a wonderful way to knock back dominant patterns, introduces visual interest & adds super color balance (I am a sucker for visual triangles).

I hope you have found this interesting? Working with a color wheel, can sure take the angst out of deciding what color palette to use when planning your next craft project!

Hope you have a color filled weekend ahead!

Kim Watson #hipkitclub @HipKitClub

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