Understanding the basics of color theory with our friends at Quill


This is a guest post from our friends at Quill

A long time ago—probably in preschool or kindergarten—you learned your colors by memorizing the color wheel. But what you didn’t realize was that you were also absorbing some key theories about how colors work—or don’t work—together.

Take yellow and purple: They’re called complementary colors because they’re opposite one another on the color wheel. They’re vibrant and fun—but they shouldn’t be used in big doses because they can be too jarring. But colors next to each other—reds and oranges, for example—are analogous and the eye loves them.

All of that color theory can explain why everything from magazines to room décor looks good. This graphic sorts through the basics of color theory to help you understand more.

Find the handy basics of color theory infographic here.

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