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M L Radcliffe
Great article, thanks for info
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annoulaxeni

Well-explained article in general, but I think it's badly misleading to state "Opposing colors are said to be complementary colors, because
they work well together
." It's actually the analogous colors -- the colors next to each
other on the color wheel -- which naturally 'work well together'.

In fact, rather than
working well together, complementary colors used together can be visually
jarring as each is the strongest contrast of
the other.

I'd also note that although
the color wheel shown is probably the most common, it’s too basic to be useful in trying to understand far more complex systems
like paint colors. Even a slightly more comprehensive color wheel will also
show 'tints' [any color + white], 'shades' [any color + black], and 'tones'
[any color + black and white]
which is where it starts to resemble a paint fan deck:

But to really start
to understand the dizzying number of paint colors out there, one needs to study another kind of color ‘wheel’
which incorporates a very necessary third dimension:


The reason I'm so partial to my Dulux Trade paint fan deck is that each color is numbered according to a system which provides hue, value, and chroma information -- rather than useless names like 'Foggy Morning' or 'Persian Persimmon'! It’s the
most foolproof way I know of to choose colors. Perhaps other manufacturers do
this too, of course (usually in professional
fan decks).

There’s also a great color wheel tool available at art supply
stores (below) and the online ColorHexa is a fabulous tool.

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caesarsf

The complimentary colors as opposites, are are the highest vibrancy when used together. When mixed together as paints, as opposites, they create gray, or a shade of gray - varied anywhere between a very cool blue gray to a very warm gray, almost brown.


   

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