Whether it is in quilting or machine embroidery, have you
ever looked at two color combinations and thought, “I would never put those
colors together, but they look fabulous?” There is an actual science behind it
and I’ll share how it works!
The Color Wheel
How you select your colors greatly impact the final project. We’re all pretty familiar with monotone colors. They are
shades of the same basic color in lights, mediums, and darks. Monotone colors
are great for shading but do not have much contrast.
For brights, of course, primary colors red, blue, and yellow
Secondary colors are combinations of two adjacent primary
colors: blue + red = purple, yellow + blue = green and yellow + red = orange.
The third grouping is tertiary colors, which combine the
primary and secondary, as in blue-green, yellow-orange.
Color Combinations That Work
Colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel
are called complementary. Although they are on opposite sides, they complement
That is why shades like blue and orange go together nicely. Just as
blue and orange are opposite, so are tertiary red-violet and yellow-green.
Adjacent colors on the color wheel are called analogous.
These sets of three colors are adjacent to each other.