Split-complementary Color Scheme

Split Complementary color scheme – uses one hue from one side of the color wheel, and two hues from the other side of the color wheel of the opposite direction. Thanks to the combination of warm and cool colors in one image, the image gets contrast, that help the main hero stand out.

I don’t use this combination very often, as again, the contrast is something I personally don’t feel like working with. This comes from my personality. However, with this colour combination, the colour contrast is a bit softer, as you don’t work directly with the color on the opposite site of the color wheel, but the one next to it.


Orange/red – blue – green

In this image, you see 3 colors I worked with, which is the orange/red, blue and green.

The strongest color present is the orange/red, you can see it repeated as well: table, cake, vase, wooden stand.

Then, I used blue plates and a shirt, to give a bit of contrast and a green color that you see a bit in the corner – the plants in the vase.

Pink – yellow – green

Pink, yellow and green are the colours you see present in this image. Mostly present is pink, which is very soft though, so it doesn’t take attention from the main hero.

Here you can notice how I played with the different luminosity of colours.

Then, I used dark grey and black plates, so they help the main hero stand out.

Lemons and olive oil have a beautiful yellow color, which is very saturated and strong, and it’s correct because this ingredients are the main hero here.

I added plants to give it more interest in terms of colours and texture. The mint – second main hero has a beautiful saturated green colour as well.

When it comes to the proportion of colors here, pink is the most present, than we have yellow and a bit of green.

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