colour harmonys

We all know the saying “pink and green should never be seen” that to create the perfect ambiance of colour is to balance between tonal values essentially creating the perfect colour harmony. I am going to explore this as I know getting it wrong can make or brake an outfit or piece of work sending out the wrong message. But on a personal level I sometimes disagree with this, colour clashing when done right can work well. Something that technically looks so wrong can look so right.

So what does this mean;

“Harmony is nature’s way of saying that two or more things together make sense. Color harmony represents a satisfying balance or unity of colors. Combinations of colors that exist in harmony are pleasing to the eye. The human brain distinguishes the visual interest and the sense of order created by the harmony and forms a dynamic equilibrium.”

In my own experience of using colour as a illustrator and as a hairdresser (not so much these days) the colour wheel is the most valuable tool I have ever been introduced to. which can be an overwhelming thing to look at but has been key to a lot of the way I use colour within my work.

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Looking at a simple colour wheel initially braking down primary and complementary colours. So if something is to yellow adding element of purple/violet will help to neutralize the un wanted tones as well as  be a complement to this colour depending on the depth of tone used. Un- wanted green tones which sits between blue and yellow adding red will help to rectify sometimes that un wanted muddy green.

I am going to look into this further playing with colour and take risks within the tonal values/hues of colour. Is there still a no go zone for particular areas as in this day and age, everything and anything goes you just have to look around to see this visually.

Colour personality

What we wear or what colours we choose can reflect on how we are perceived by others. How does this impact on us? is this  conscious behavior? Do we really get judged on the colours we wear or are we always making a colour statement subconscious or not?

“Your personality color does not have to be one you wear all the time; it is usually your favorite, the color that excites you the most and makes you feel alive when you see it.

That being said, you are often drawn to your personality color for clothing and home decorating. It is often a predominant color in your aura.”

In regards to looking at this from a psychology point of view it is very prominent that there is a lot of truth to be said about this. I am going to investigate to see if it adds up for me on a personal level or is it just a generalized view point?

“If your personality color is pink you have a deep need to be accepted and loved unconditionally.”



I am always torn between pink and grey. But saying this I am open to so many colours, if I look though my mass clothes collection, I must own an element of every colour in some kind of way. I am going to look deeper into these and see what they are saying and come to my own conclusion and maybe answer some of my questions that got me thinking on this subject matter.

“With gray as your favorite color, you are the middle of the road type, cool, conserved, composed and reliable. You tend to conform just to keep the peace.”

PINK- Looking at this from three points favorite colour/Need/Dislike

I would  not overly say this is my favorite colour of all time but contained in the list I am relating to;

“With a personality color pink, you have a maternal instinct, with a need to protect and take care of others. You also have a need for this caring to be reciprocated as you do tend to neglect yourself in your determination to take care of the needs of others.”

“The challenge for you is to become more self-reliant and to learn to love yourself, then love and acceptance will be returned to you multiplied.”

“You have unresolved emotional problems from your childhood with either your mother or father.”

These three quotes without going into detail are scarily accurate within my life. So how about grey does elements of this fit to?

GREY- Looking at this from three points favorite colour/Need/Dislike

“You are a hard worker who just gets on with the job that has to be done – you tend to be committed and loyal to your work whatever it may be.”

“If you love gray, you are trying to protect yourself from the chaotic outside world, even to the point of isolating yourself from others, leaving you with the feeling that you don’t really fit in or belong anywhere.”

“You like to be in control of your emotions and avoid experiencing emotional pain by shutting off from your emotions.”

Maybe there is more truth to this than I thought? But I still don’t see that this can be a clear indicator to personality alone. I understand that colours can mean different things, wearing bold and bright colours can indicate confidence for example- I know for me personally I do wear bold statement clothes at times but I hate the attention it attracts I am wearing as I like it.  I am going to look into this subject matter in more detail and speak to people on what colour they believe reflects there personality and if what they wear is making a point on reflecting how they are feeling?



Meaning of colour

I have learnt over the years (as far back as when I was a hairdresser) that the tone of colour can make or brake something, I have always had an experimental approach to colour. But in regards to my art practice through vast research and understanding of colour theory, the use of the wrong colour or tone of colour can literally make or brake something. I am learning to be more mindful which my choices. It shouldn’t be “I have used pink as it is my favorite colour” I feel it is now for me does this colour communicate what I am trying to say? or does it hinder and completely change the meaning? Has the quality of the work been lost by wrong judgement with colour choice.


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This is a really basic brake down of this as the tonal value within each colour can read differently to above, which I am going to research back into on my next post on this subject matter.