What is a color scheme made up of the colors that sit side by side on the color wheel?

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appletrees | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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The colors that sit side by side on the color wheel are those that appear harmonious alongside each other, since they contain large amounts of similar color. An example might be red-orange, red, and red-violet: these will look very warm and vibrant together. But moving one color further along would create a different color scheme: for example, red, red-orange and orange will have an even warmer palette than the one containing red-violet, since red-violet has a touch of blue. A color scheme of yellow-green, green, and blue-green will feel fairly balanced, partly because green is the "center" of the spectrum and balances the warm and cool ends of the spectrum, as it contains the warm color of yellow and the cool color of blue in equal amounts.

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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On whatever color wheel you are looking at, it will go in order from red, orange, yellow, green, purple, and blue. With the color wheel are color theories and within the color theories are different color schemes,patterns, or themes.

  • Complementary: Colors that are opposite of each other on a color wheel. Popular examples are red/green, blue/orange, and purple/yellow.
  • Analogous: Colors that are right next to each other on a color wheel. So if you choose one color, the next colors to the left OR right of it will be considered analogous. Examples are red,orange, and yellow or green, purple, and blue.
  • Triad: Colors that make a triangle on a color wheel when pinpointing them. Popular examples include green, purple, and orange.
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blperry | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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It is called an analogous colour, or a colour scheme. Yellow, yellow-green-yellow, yellow-green for example.

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