Opposites Attract: 4 Complementary Color Combinations

While certain tones of various colors will blind a viewer, others attract the human eye.

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The basics of color date back to the days of elementary school. This was when ROY G. BIV came into the picture, usually appearing after a rainstorm. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet are the colors of a rainbow. All of these colors can be found on the traditional color wheel.

The color opposites are as follows:

  1. Orange against blue
  2. Red complements green
  3. Yellow against purple
  4. Black and white

While these colors can be opposites, it’s their value and shade that can make them complementary pairs. While certain tones of various colors will blind a viewer, others attract the human eye. A sunflower gold next to a deep purple complement each other. Basic yellow next to bright purple will not contrast as much because the value will be similar.

Jennifer Foy, Unisub

Jennifer Foy

Jennifer Foy


Jennifer Foy has over 20 years of experience using Adobe software and working in the advertising, marketing, and design fields. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and a Master of Arts in Advertising from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Her years of teaching experience include numerous software and design classes for colleges in Atlanta, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky. Jennifer is currently working as the Creative Director at Universal Woods with the Unisub and ChromaLuxe brands. Jennifer can be reached by email at [email protected]

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