HOW TO MATCH THE COLORS
When we talk about matching colors we refer
the combination of different shades that returns a pleasant appeal.
However, if we talk about clothing, it is necessary
also consider the overall image, hair and skin color.
Have you ever seen this picture?
It is the famous Circle of Itten which is used as
basic guideline in color matching. How
do you interpret? Simple!
Look at the circle: the central triangle is formed by
three primary colors, yellow, blue and red, which in turn
they are resting. And so you find the orange formed by
yellow and red, green formed by yellow and blue and purple
formed by blue and red.
These two elements together create an
hexagon which is surrounded by a circle in which there
are different shades of the colors we mentioned.
The rule of matching colors according to the Circle
of Itten is that you can match colors found in
opposite position to each other, but never those close, except
black and white, which tend to do well
For example, you can combine yellow and purple, but never
yellow and red, and so on.
You can use Itten's Circle to start with more tones
common, but if you really want to make a
color-proof matching, then it will be
better also consider other shades and shades.
More than describing yourself, in this case, it is appropriate
show you some images that portray the shades
that you can pull over.
LIGHT BASE, DARK BASE
AND LIVE IT
In addition to primary and secondary, the shades do
- colors with a light base: beige, white, ivory, gray
- dark base colors: black, dark gray, blue,
- bright colors: all intermediate shades that do not
belong to the previous groups (orange, red,
With these three big groups in mind, we can
recommend 5 combinations of two colors and 3
combinations of 3 colors.
Matching 2 colors:
1. Light base color + light base color (eg beige
light base + dark base color (e.g.
white and blue);
3. Dark base color + dark base color (eg black and
4. Light base color + bright color (eg white and
5. Dark base color + bright color (eg black and red).
Matching 3 colors:
1. Light base color + dark base color + color
lively (in black and white, enlivened with a
bright orange (e.g. black and white, brightened with a
2. Light base color + light base color + color
lively (e.g. white and ivory, enlivened by a red
3. Dark base color + dark base color + color
lively (e.g. blue and black, enlivened by a fuchsia