Originally Posted by Manton
It can be totally unrelated as long as its colors are complementary.
Originally Posted by dieworkwear
about complementary colors
[*] 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.
Let me see if I can expand on the above “complementary”
concept when it comes to squares . . .
The definition of complementary
is "relating to or constituting one of a pair of contrasting
colors that produce a neutral color (e.g. gray, black, or (with lighting) white) when combined in suitable proportions."
Colors that are opposite of the Red-Yellow-Blue (artistic) color circle are "complementary"
when it comes to clothing.Complementary
can also mean "Serving to fill out, or complete."
The second definition is more important for squares. How can squares “complete” an ensemble?
As dww alluded to above, squares can “complete” an outfit in one of two ways: by contrast
, or by harmony
By choosing complementary colors opposite of the color wheel, one is going for contrast in colors. Extra care must be taken with these choices, as they can come across as jarring.
Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors (example: red and green).
The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. This color scheme must be managed well so it is not jarring.
Complementary color schemes are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out. For example, complementary colors are really bad for text.
For a more harmonious pairing, choose colors close to each other on the color wheel. This would be an analogous color scheme . . .
Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs.
Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye.
Make sure you have enough contrast when choosing an analogous color scheme.
Choose one color to dominate, a second to support. The third color is used (along with black, white or gray) as an accent.
There are others
if you want to really get theoretical about it.
I see an analogy to cooking.
The square through contrast (complement) can be another “flavor” to the ensemble, or through harmony (analgous) be just a “spice” to the ensemble.
Of the examples shown:
Square as another flavor (complementary, contrasting color)
to the ensemble:
Square as a spice (analogous, harmonious color)
to the ensemble:
Which to choose?
Depends on how you feel, and how you want to come across.
There is no right or wrong here, just how it might come across.- M