Colors are the first thing we mostly notice in fashion, things and mostly all visuals. The way color attracts plays an important role in our choices. When well presented , colors have that ability to gain you more or less patronage or compliments. 

If you ever found a website attractive, a billboard, advert, store outlet, social media page, picture etc, the color presentation has a big part playing in it. Consciously or subconsciously, we all have preferred colors. And this color has a dominant role in your choices and wardrobe. Sometimes you don’t know you’re a fan of a particular color until you search your wardrobe and discover it’s the dominating pick. 

The way you set your colors has a way it attracts your clients, in fashion your knowledge in this subject has no hiding place in your works. Everyone in the fashion industry needs a good knowledge of colors -the secret to some designers selling more than others. 

Each season has colors. You need to know that as well. Colors set moods, your clients occasion should match the color they are wearing. That’s why we have some colors known with particular occasions. Colors Speak. If you’re going for an event, – social , formal or informal, the color you appear in has a way of connecting you to people you meet. 

Colors’ influence on moods can’t be hidden. Certain colors make some people confident, happy, classy and elegant. And some make others gloomy, feel unattractive etc. if you have clients, learn to ask for their favorite colors, remember , what’s good for someone is not what the other likes. When you select the right scheme or presentation , you convey the perfect message with your colors. 

Know it well and it becomes your Master-Tool. 

  We have different color combinations. They’re called – Color Harmony or Color Chords. these presentations consist of 2 or more colors with unique relation in the color wheel. There is a way the schemes connect.  
Traditionally, there are a number of color combinations that are considered especially pleasing. These are called color harmonies or color chords and they consist of two or more colors with a fixed relation in the color wheel.

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors

the primary colors are red, yellow and blue.

The three secondary colors (green, orange and purple) are created by mixing two primary colors.

The other six tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors.

The color wheel is divided into warm and cool colors.

Warm colors are vivid and energetic, and are likely to advance in space. Cool colors give an impression of calm, and create a soothing impression. White, black and gray are considered to be neutral.

⏩COLOR CONCEPTS-  Tints, Shades, and Tones

These describes color concepts. A color can be made lighter by adding white, the result is called a TINT   πŸ”½

If black is added, the darker version is called a SHADE.  πŸ”½

 if gray is added, the result is a different TONE.πŸ”½ 



 Complementary color scheme  

   Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are complementary colors eg red and green. It is characterized by high contrast. This contrast creates a bold and vibrant effect. This scheme needs good management as it has tendencies of looking Loud. If well managed, it stands out well. 

Analogous color scheme


 This schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create cool, comfortable and sweet looking designs. You can add some contrast on the hues when using this scheme. Let one color dominate, the second can support and the third can be used either in shade, tint or neutral as a dash of touch. For a better pleasing view. 

The Triadic color scheme 

    A Triadic color scheme combines colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. This scheme is usually vibrant, irrespective of the hue or shade it represents.  To make good statement with this, consider balancing the colors Well. Dominate with one color and touch with other 2. 

Split-Complementary color scheme 

  Split-complementary slightly different from complementary color scheme, uses A Base color and  the two colors adjacent to its complement. This color scheme has a strong visual contrast just as the complementary color scheme, but has less tension and  is often a good choice for beginners, because it could be easier to mix as it gives more options. 

The Rectangle (tetradic) color scheme 


 The rectangle or tetradic color scheme uses four colors arranged into two complementary pairs. This color scheme looks rich and gives more possibilities for mixing and combining. This scheme works best if you present one color to be dominant.  There is a great need to pay attention to the balance between warm and cool colors in your design when using this scheme. 

The Square color scheme 


 This color scheme is close to the rectangle, but with all four colors spaced evenly around the color wheel. Like some other schemes, it works well if you let one color be dominant or if you fuse it creatively. When working this out, pay good and creative attention to the balance between warm and cool colors in your design. 


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feeds and tips from my desk as a fashion teacher, the principal instructor of the leading fashion school in ibadan, oyo state nigeria. i am fully commited to raising entrepreneurs and leaders through vocational education, skill acquisition and entreprenurial studies.


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