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11 Types of Matching Colors

Matching colors are sets of colors that are perceived as harmonious together. As with all color perception, this is influenced by culture and isn't a purely technical property of colors. The following are common types of matching colors.


Monochromatic colors have the same hue but different levels of shading with black and tinting with white.
Blue Flame
Dark Blue Flame
Medium Blue Flame
Bright Blue Flame
Light Blue Flame
Faded Blue Flame

Analogous Colors

Analogous 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.
Arcade Green
Sunblast Yellow
Bright Green
Yellow Rose
Caustic Green
Ancient Yellow

Warm Colors

Warm 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.
Midwinter Fire
Autumn Sunset
Electric Yellow
Golden Yellow
Crimson Red
Hawaiian Sunset

Cool Colors

Cool 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.
Crushed Ice
Algae Green
Ice Climber
Seafoam Green
Blue Lagoon
Alpine Green

Complementary Colors

Complementary 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.
Blue Beetle
Bright Orange
Blue Night
Spicy Orange
Blinking Blue
Ultimate Orange

Light Colors

Light 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.
Creamed Butter
Chalk Pink
Blue Frosting
Lavender Fog
Claret Red

Dark Colors

Mixing 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.
Dark Day
Barn Red
Dark Granite
Capsicum Red
Charred Brown
Fired Brick


Pastels 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.
Pastel Magenta
Pastel Red
Pastel Yellow
Pastel Blue
Pastel Cyan
Pastel Green

Concept Colors

Colors that align to a concept such as earthy colors inspired by natural elements such as vegetation.
Forest Floor
Ploughed Earth
Pine Forest
Straw Yellow
Charred Clay


Colors inspired by a culture, subculture or super culture. For example, the following colors were associated with the Gothic subculture of the 1990s.
Accursed Black
Gothic Grape
Vampire Red
Sepia Black
Dark Violet

Intended Symbolism

A 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.
Christmas Red
Christmas Green
Christmas Gold
Christmas Silver
Christmas Blue
Christmas Pink
Overview: Matching Colors
Sets of colors that achieve color harmony in the context in which they are used.
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Color Theory

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