Subtractive Theory of Color, Continued
Complimentary color schemes, sometimes known as harmonies of contrast,
conspicuously introduce opposite colors on the color wheel. Complimentary
color schemes peak interest but, equal amounts of complimentary colors
distract instead of focus. To maintain harmony in complimentary color
schemes, use unequal areas, neutralize one color with another, place the
primary color as the center of interest and the compliment for the
background, contrast light values against dark values, or place dull colors
against bright colors. This will give variety to color schemes and create
Figure 2-18 is an effective complimentary color scheme using the
compliments of orange and blue.
Figure 2-18.A complimentary color scheme.
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