Colour Harmonies


How many times have you found the perfect craft pattern, only to fall short with the colour combinations? I do it all the time, I find something I love, take the pattern with me to the shop and then spend a good 2 hours desperately picking up and putting down colours to find the best combination for the pattern.

I think colour is such an important part of any craft, it makes the craft piece ‘yours’ and is one of the biggest reasons to craft in the first place. To be able to say ‘I love that hat, but it would be better in blue.’

So here are some sure-fire ways to get your colours looking on point every time:

Complementary colours:

These are colours that are opposite to each other on the colour wheel. For example, green and red. The high contrast of complementary colours makes for a fun combination of colours that really pop when put together. You can play around with saturation levels and grey tones of your colour wheel to make some exciting combos. Be careful though, complementary colours need to be managed well so they are not too jarring. Only the very brave can use two sets of complementary colours in one craft project!

Analogous colours:

Analogous colour schemes use colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. They usually match well and create a serene and comfortable design. This is perfect for craft patterns and Analogous colours will always create a lovely calming craft project. This is what I usually go for if I’m creating a larger project like a blanket or jumper. Analogous colour schemes work best when you have a leading colour, a colour to support and a colour to provide accents or details.

Triad colours:

Triad colour schemes use colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel. These colour schemes tend to be more vibrant and, like complementary schemes, are not always for the faint hearted. The colour schemes really jump off of the page (or pattern), even when you are using a less saturated colour wheel. I find that the Triad colour scheme works best when used moderately and in careful balance – let one colour dominate and the other two accent and detail.

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