Color Schemes

The resulting color set is made by installing the base color into one of the color schemes. You can select the scheme by clicking on the scheme cards above the color wheel. You can choose one of following schemes:

Monochromatic

Monochromatic scheme is based on only one color tint, and uses only variations made by changing its saturation and brightness. Black and white colors are always added. The result is comfortable for eyes, even when using aggressive color. However, it’s harder to find accents and highlights.

The application makes only several monochromatic variants of each color. You’ll be able to make others — more or less saturated, lighter or darker. Monochromatic variations are made for each color in other schemes, too.

Contrast

Base color is supplemented with its complement (color on the opposite side of the wheel). One warm and one cold color is always created — we have to consider, which one will be dominant, and if the result should look warm, or cold. Suitable monochromatic variations of this two colors may be added to the scheme.

“Soft” Contrast / Triade

Base color is supplemented with two colors, placed identically on both sides of its complement. Unlike the “sharp” contrast, this scheme is often more comfortable for the eyes, it’s softer, and has more space for balancing warm and cold colors.

Set the distance from the base color complement by dragging one of those two supplement color, or by clicking the angle gadget and entering the value manually. The less the value is, the closer the colors are to the contrast color, and are more similar. The best values are typically between 15—30°. Higher values aren’t too suitable — except the shift by 60°, which makes another color scheme, the triade:

The Triade

The triade is made by three colors evenly distributed on the thirds of the color wheel (by 120 degrees). The triade-schemes are vibrating, full of energy, and have large space to make contrasts, accents and to balance warm and cold colors. You can make the triade in the “soft contrast” scheme setting the distance to 60°.

“Double-Contrast” / Tetrade

This scheme is made by a pair of colors and their complements. It’s based on the tetrade — the foursome of colors evenly distributed on the fourths of the color wheel (by 90 degreees). The tetrade is very aggressive color scheme, requiring very good planning and very sensitive approach to relations of these colors.

Less distance between two base colors causes less tension in the result. However, this scheme is always more “nervous” and “action” than other schemes. While working with it, we have to take care especially of relations between one color and the complement of its adjacent color — in case of the tetrade (distance exactly 90°), good feeling and very sensitive approach are necessary.

Analogic Colors

This scheme is made by the base color and its adjacent colors: two colors identically on its both sides. It always looks very elegantly and clear, the result has less tension and it’s uniformly warm, or cold. If a color on the warm-cold border is chosen, the color with opposite “temperature” may be used for accenting the other two colors.

You can set the distance of adjacent colors by dragging one of the two supplement color, or by entering the angle manually . Values between 15—30° are optimal. You can also add the contrast color, the scheme is then supplemented with the complement of the base color. It must be treated only as a complement  for it adds tension to the palette, and it’s too aggressive when overused. However, used in details and as accent of main colors, it can be very effective and elegant.

Contradictory colors

There is no scheme named “contradictory” here — on the contrary, it’s a color scheme, which can’t fit any rule described above. This scheme may not be useless: there may be situations, when we have to create shocking, really gaudy, jazzy work. Even in this case this tool may be usefull — if your scheme differs from all described models, you’ve got it: nervous, loud, aggressive set of colors. Of course, it cannot be suitable for applications requiring not so intensive emotions.