The Art of Choosing: Analogous Color Schemes

Saturday, December 3, 2011


The Art of Choosing is a series discussing fabric, color, and the fabric selection process! For past posts, click here.


As I mentioned in previous Art of Choosing posts, I want to spend the next few weeks talking about different color schemes that can be pulled directly from the color wheel! :)

Analogous Color Schemes
Today is all about Analogous color schemes! Analogous color schemes are very similar to the Harmonizing color schemes we talked about last week. They're simply made of 3 or more colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel! There are so many different combinations you could come up with, I'm only going to show you a few! So, let's explore a few Analogous color schemes in fabrics!

Red, Red-orange, Orange

Red, Red-orange, Orange

Yellow-orange, Yellow, Yellow-green

Yellow-orange, Yellow, Yellow-green

Green, Blue-green, Blue

Green, Blue-green, Blue

Blue-purple, Purple, Red-purple

Blue-purple, Purple, Red-purple

Red-Purple, Red, Red-orange, Orange, Yellow-orange

Red-Purple, Red, Red-orange, Orange, Yellow-orange

Yellow-green, Green, Blue-green, Blue

Yellow-green, Green, Blue-green, Blue

Blue-green, Blue, Blue-purple, Purple

Blue-green, Blue, Blue-purple, Purple

Now I'd like to share with you a project I made using an Analogous color scheme.

Modified Nine-Patch by jenib320
Modified Nine-Patch, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Red (pink), Red-orange, Orange, Yellow-orange, Yellow: Modified Nine-patch mini quilt. Centered around Kate Spain Terrain print in the center!

Again, if you'd like to pull some Analogous fabric stacks of your own, or share your analogous color projects, feel free to post in the flickr group! Until next week! :)

Happy Sewing!

Note: I created the color wheel graphics myself, so please don't borrow them without crediting me and linking back! Thanks! :)

9 comments :

  1. It seems like there are so many RIGHT combos. But my choices never look good, so hopefully at the end you will show some wrong combos and why they're wrong!

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  2. I am working on a random, scrappy, analogous colour scheme based on blue from aqua to purple! I hope it works!

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  3. I am really enjoying this series of posts- I'm really drawn to bright colors and reading your posts is so much fun! I'm glad I found your blog a few months ago, but I had to laugh when I saw you lived in Cleveland a while back. I briefly lived there a few years ago for work and had a hard time meeting people I had things in common with. We could have been Pyrex and quilt buddies! Haha

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  4. I just want to say thank you for posting this series - it has really inspired me to learn more about color theory!

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  5. I'm familiar with color theory, but your photos of the FABRIC connects these wandering neurons in my head, I'm getting it! Thank you! :)

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  7. Palette Generator is great because it allows you to upload a photo, select the area you want to focus on, then gives you not only the colors, but also the amounts of each used in that selection in a handy pie chart.

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  8. I've just gone back to reread about the colour theories you had posted about and they are truly very helpful. Just a little thank-you from me because it's so good to find help when needed!

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