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Complementing Colours


#1
I need a little advice on what colours to use with my base colour of 0082c3 (blue). I thought about using a grey or black or even going crazy and using a completely contrasting colour. If anyone has any ideas on what colour would be best I would be very grateful.
 

bigdave

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#2
Find the closest match to your color, then look at the opposite side of the wheel. That range of colors are the complementary colors.

 
#3
Never really thought of orange and blue as a good colour combination before, I'm only using the blue as a header and navigation headers so if I use the orange to colour the links and page titles I could work, thank you for your help.
 
#8
Check out this link: Color Scheme Designer 3

Not only does it give you complimentary colour options (and a few other alternatives) but it also lets you see the colours being used on light and dark website layouts.
Thats a cool little tool usually when I choose two or three colours for a website I think it looks good but it isn't to everyones liking Im sure you guys have the same problem. But you can't please everyone!!
 
#9
Another great resource is kuler

It's simlar to the other ones recommeneed, has some nice flexibilty and a breakdown of the values in CMYK, RGB & HEX so it covers print as well as web. It also has the nice feature of being able to save your schemes and download swatches.

This is the one I find myself comming back to use again and again, I find it really helpful.
 
#10
Another great resource is kuler

It's simlar to the other ones recommeneed, has some nice flexibilty and a breakdown of the values in CMYK, RGB & HEX so it covers print as well as web. It also has the nice feature of being able to save your schemes and download swatches.

This is the one I find myself comming back to use again and again, I find it really helpful.
I actually have a couple of swatches saved on there from when I first found it, but now they look proper crap. I think I will need to invest some time with these bits of kit to utilise their full potential.