"Fundamental Color Matching"The basic concept behind color coordination is that colors have natural associations that either strengthen or soften them. I would suggest printing out the color wheel (the graphic representation of the way colors are formed). Once you understand the color wheel and the relationship of the colors, combining and matching colors into pleasing pairings becomes easy. Not only you will be able to determine how well you can match one with another, but also improve your creativity.
The three basic colors (primary colors) are red, yellow and blue. It is from these basic colors that all other colors are formed. For example, mixing red and blue creates violet (secondary color). Adding measures of light or dark to these colors creates varying shades of the colors as well. Tertiary colors are created by mixing a secondary color with its adjacent primary color. For example, mixing green (red + yellow) with blue creates blue-green.
Analogous Colors - Colors sit next to each other on the color wheel. They tend to look pleasant together because they are closely related. E.g. Blue's Analogous colors are green and violet, while orange's Analogous colors are red and yellow. Analogous colors tend to work well with one another and often have the effect of causing each color to appear subdued.
Monochromatic Effect - lighter and darker shades of the same color.
Please remember, the idea of color matching is to pair colors nicely to flatter one another. By using the rules above, you can be assured of making much better choices in combining the colors of clothing in your wardrobe. In the next topic, we will be discussing more in the color relationships and provide some more photos to show the effect of putting two colors together.