|Overview: Complementary Colors|
Colors that cancel each other out when combined to create a grayscale color.
Maximizing or avoiding color contrast
blue & orangered & greenpurple & yellow
What are Complementary Colors?
John Spacey, updated on May 01, 2017
Complementary colors are colors that cancel each other out when combined to produce a grayscale color between white and black. When placed side-by-side, complementary colors have the highest possible contrast with one another. This has implications for aesthetics and practical applications. For example, life vests are often designed to be orange as this complements the blue color of the sea, thus maximizing visibility.
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