Colour’s all around us, even when we don’t notice it - in fact, the human eye can see around a million different colours
, and that’s before we start counting the ones we can’t see. Although colour connotations are cultural and subjective, colours like red, orange, pink and yellow are thought to be warm, and purples, blues and greens are thought to be cold.
Colour harmony refers to colours that look good together. Artists and designers will use colour theory when they’re deciding on a particular mood for their project. You might know instinctively which colours work together but, failing that, you can refer to the colour wheel.
Colours that work well together usually sit on opposite sides of the wheel, and when they’re side-by-side, they look even brighter and better. Dressing in complementary colours is often seen as quite bold but it’s also easy to do it in a more understated way with colourful bags, scarves or jewellery.
As well as reading the wheel from side to side, you can use it to discover shades, tones and tints of a base colour. If you love dressing in neutrals, you might already be used to dressing in monochrome. Play with texture to add interest to your outfits, like pairing a silk scarf with a fluffy faux fur coat!
Three colours side by side on the wheel are referred to as analogous colours, they’re endlessly versatile, but could be a bit much all in one outfit. Keep things simple by choosing one to be the base colour, and adding the others as accents. We love a navy suit worn with a light blue blouse and turquoise jewellery!