The Colour Factor


The world would be a very dull place if there were no colour. everywhere we look nature abounds with colour.   There are some colours we cannot see with the natural eyes, but what we can see gives the eyes pleasure and is very exciting.

It’s a blessing that nature’s colour scheme can translate into the world of fashion.  When we develop an understanding of colour and how to use it  effectively we will create limitless horizons in coordinating our wardrobe.

This chart consists of primary, secondary and intermediate colours.

Primary colours:  Red, Yellow, Green

Secondary colours:  Mixture of two primaries

Intermediate colours:  Mixture of an adjacent primary and secondary colour

Tint:  When white is added (create pastels)

Shade: When black is added

Analogous Harmonies: The same hue graded by adding from white to black.

Pastel colours are used in this ensemble creating a softer look and is pleasing to the eye.
Pastels are created by adding white to colours.  Shades are created by adding black to all colour.
An interesting colour blocking combination.  The skirt has primary, intermediate, black and white.  All the colours are proportioned to create balance.  The black jacket pulls the entire ensemble together.

Colour Block my Style

This is an interesting concept in colour blocking.   A mixture of primary, colours complimented with triad colours accented with black & white.  This makes for a very bold experiment in colour combinations.

Unless you have a good understanding of  mixing colours  it’s a good idea to keep with only three colours, or it can get confusing to the eye.

A medley of prints and colour

There is a psychology to colour that when it’s understood can be used effectively for job interviews, business meetings and important events to create the right impression.


This is a very fun upbeat ensemble, that consists of a well balanced mix of primary colours, red, blue, yellow, with a hint of black, white and greys for accents.  The colours are vibrant and wearing an outfit with bright colours will make you feel happy.


A study in secondary colour scheme is reflected in this  green and orange outfit, complimented with bronze accessories, finished off with brown and beige handbags and sandals, tones down the dramatic effect providing perfect balance to this combo.

The emotional Character of colour: 

Red: Quickens the pulse, attracts attention. If you are in a room painted red you will keep you alert.

Green: Makes you feel calm or cool, fresh or friendly.

A room painted green can psychologically have a cooling effect.

A box painted dark green can psychologically seem heavier than a box painted white.

Yellow: Cheerful, Sunny, Feminine!  Makes people feel sociable and alert.

Blue: Restful

Orange: Lively, Happy

Violet: Rich

Brown: Masculine, Drab

Warm colours are: Red, Yellow, Orange, Red-Violet.

Warm colours are found on the left of the colour wheel.

Warm colours advance and make larger.  














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