Sarah Neely

HOW TO MIX COLORS?

Sarah Neely

People always stick to the same color scheme because they are not sure which colors looks good with what. Color mixing is not the sort of thing that anyone is born knowing how to do, but hey that is ok. It's actually not a talent, it's a skill. So just like any other skill, it can be learned. Below are six ways to make it easier for you.

1. KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY

Basically the title speaks for itself: pastels with pastels, earth tones with earth tones, jewel tones with jewel tones, etc.

2. USE A COLOR WHEEL TO LOOK FOR COMPLIMENTARY COLORS

When someone is talking about colors, COMPLIMENTARY actually means OPPOSITE. For instance, black and white are complimentary colors. That is one reason why they look awesome together.  You know, "opposites attract." That whole thing.

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Remember every color has a complimentary color. When looking at the color wheel, its just whatever is on the oposite side. True complimentary colors are the same distance from the center of the wheel, but it very striking to combine color from the center, for example the pale yellow green, with its complimentary color from the outside edge, like a deep mauve.

3. USE THE OMBRE TEST

The ombre test is fairly simple. When you think about ombre what comes to mind? Right!!! Different shades of the same color or similar colors. The shades usually almost always looks good together for example red and pink. If you still need any help with that, you can always do a google image search by typing "ombre [insert color here]" and you will see the different colors.

4. TRY THE "ZARA AND NASTY GAL"

Zara and Nasty Gal shoots all their clothes fully styled on a model, and they are really good with colors. Basically you will need to take a piece of clothing that you will like to build into an outfit, then go on Zara's or Nasty Gal's website and open one of their catalogues or lookbooks and find something or anything the same color. Once you do that, you can make a note of the colors they are combining and copy it with clothes from your personal wardrobe. This idea can work with any brand or website that photo shoots their clothes on models. It will be up to you on finding the brand you like and copying their color ideas they use.

5. LET A PRINT BE YOUR GUIDE

This means finding a print piece from a designer you may love or you may have something in your personal wardrobe already and break that particular print piece down into its different colors and then you can make an outfit. But if you feel like taking your look to the next level, you can rank the colors in the printed item from most used to least used and wear larger items like dresses, coats, or sweaters in the most used colors and smaller items and accessories in the least-used colors.

6. WHEN DOUBT, WEAR BLACK AND WHITE

Yay! Did anyone say black and white?  One of my favorite colors paired together is black and white. We all know neutrals are great for mixing colors. When I refer to neutrals, I am talking about navy, khaki, gray, nude, denim, gold, silver, etc. The superstars of the family of course is black and white, its like they are Beyonce and every other neutral color is Solange. You cannot I mean cannot go wrong.