I think a bit more can be fleshed out about complementary colors, in order to give people better direction.
- Classic combinations are always complementary. These include mixes of blue, grey, brown, and white - pick any two, and they're complementary.
- One can also utilize the color wheel - picking colors adjacent to each other, or on opposite sides. Two tones of blue are complementary to each other, just as is blue with rust orange.
- One can also rely on seasonal or familial groups - such as fall colors or summer colors, though this is much more subjective and harder to pull off.
Many examples here seem like they could do better by trying to second or third technique. Instead of picking the exact same shade of green, choose a different shade (e.g. Spoo's last example), or pick something from the same family (e.g. green with brown, brown with burgundy, orange with brown).Some examples
Color wheel (first one an example of blue and yellow, which sit on opposite sides of the wheel; second being two different tones of blue; third being two different shades of green)Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Same family (burgundy with sand, green with brown)Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Thoughts?Edited by dieworkwear - 8/4/12 at 6:21pm