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Color Theory and Design

Color theory is used to emit a feeling or create a mood.  It might be in a painting, a room, a flower arrangement, you name it. Here are the main color theories:

Complementary – Colors used that are across from each other on the color wheel

Analogous –  Colors used that are next to each other on the color wheel

Monochromatic – Use of one color and all of its light and dark shades.

And there are many more. But these are the ones that I primarily stick with. So, which color theme did I use on my bandanna design? If you guessed analogous you are CORRECT!  I sort of threw in the mint green too. However, I primarily used purple, pink, and red, colors that are next to each other in the wheel. An analogous theme offers a feeling of serenity and calming.  The colors work well together because they all have elements of the same primary color, with this design it was red.

Color theory is really a lot of fun to play with when painting, coloring or even when you are decorating a room in  your home. I pulled up the image from this great website if you would like to study further.

Now to continue on with the designing and placement of the elements in the LOVE bandanna. There are six fundamental principles of design. They are:

  1. Balance
  2. Proximity
  3. Alignment
  4. Repetition
  5. Contrast
  6. Space. 

As with color, design principles can be touched on the surface one element at a time or go into great depths of each element. I first remember learning balance when I was learning to decorate cakes with my mom many eons ago. The instructor drilled into us how pleasing a triangular design was to the eye and utilizing an odd number of elements (or flowers as it was for decorating) would be a big help to any young designer. As I found later in college, triangular flow of elements with odd number of objects or focal points WAS a good rule of thumb.

So…..let’s go back to the bandanna.  What do you see?  The large heart and Love is the focal point of the design. That gives us TWO elements.  Then we count the hearts around the edges and we have FOUR more elements…..HMMMMMMM well I was a bad designer on this one wasn’t I.  I have 4+2=6; an equal number of elements. So where would you put another little candy heart to make this design more appealing?

I hope you have learned something about color and design with this article.  Keep learning and growing-no matter your age!

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