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What is Color Harmony?

 , updated on January 22, 2017
Color harmony is the term for colors that are thought to match. In other words, colors that look aesthetically pleasing side-by-side. This is more an art than science as color perception is influenced by cognitive factors, emotion and culture.
Color schemes that are in harmony are said to match, while those that seem out of harmony are said to clash.
Overview: Color Harmony
Function
Definition
Selecting colors for a design that look aesthetically appealing side-by-side.
Value
Color harmony tends to give design a comfortable, relaxing feel. Clashing colors are better at grabbing attention but feel uneasy, strained and tasteless.
Judgment
Matching vs Clashing
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Color Theory

This is the complete list of articles we have written about color theory.
Analogous Color
Chroma
Color
Color Combinations
Color Depth
Color Harmony
Color is Real
Color Perception
Color Purity
Color Saturation
Color Scheme
Color Space
Color Symbolism
Color Temperature
Colorimetry
Complementary Colors
Corporate Colors
Heat Map
Hue
Impossible Colors
Lightness
Matching
Monochromatic Color
Primary Colors
Rainbow Colors
Saturation
Spectral Color
Tints And Shades
Visible Spectrum
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