MonochromaticMonochromatic colors have the same hue but different levels of shading with black and tinting with white.
Dark Blue Flame#003a55
Medium Blue Flame#0075aa
Bright Blue Flame#00b0ff
Light Blue Flame#55cafe
Faded Blue Flame#a9e4ff
Analogous ColorsAnalogous colors are colors that have a similar wavelength of light or are perceived as such. They normally match barring any cultural associations that cause them to clash.
Warm ColorsWarm colors are reds, oranges and yellows that are perceived as warm to the touch due to their association with sunlight and fire. They generally match.
Hawaiian Sunset#bb5c14Cool colors are blues and greens that are perceived as cool to the touch due to their association with cool elements of nature such as vegetation and water.
Complementary ColorsComplementary colors are pairs of colors that are based on very different wavelengths of light. These produce a grey if you mix them. Complementary colors are thought to maximize contrast such that they are highly visible side-by-side. As they are often used together for purposes of visibility, they are perceived as matching.
Light ColorsLight colors are colors that have be heavily mixed with white. This can tame color differences such that pure hues that clash may match when they are both saturated with white.
Dark ColorsMixing colors with black reduces the differences between hues such that they are more likely to match. For example, brown doesn't typically match red but they can match as dark colors.
PastelsPastels are sticks of pure pigment that don't contain many ingredients. Unlike many art supplies they don't contain a base that improves their color saturation. This allows hues of color to be blended and mixed. As pastels are pure pigment, they often look a little washed out and faded on a white background but may look surprising colorful on another color of paper, particularly black. Named pastel colors are based on the look of pastels on a white background and typically match each other.
Concept ColorsColors that align to a concept such as earthy colors inspired by natural elements such as vegetation.
Straw Yellow #f0d696
Charred Clay #885132
CulturalColors inspired by a culture, subculture or super culture. For example, the following colors were associated with the Gothic subculture of the 1990s.
Intended SymbolismA common source of clashing colors is unintended symbolism whereby colors are accidentally selected that are strongly associated with a nation, organization or element of culture. For example, wearing red and green together may be perceived as Christmasy. If this is intended, these can be matching colors. It should be noted that color symbolism is situational and cultural and what matches in one context may have unintended symbolism in another. Practically every color combination is associated with something, the question is how strong will this perception be in a particular situation.
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Sets of colors that achieve color harmony in the context in which they are used.