Assignment 2: Color Theory

Color Examples


Kantha Throw

  • The harmony in this example can be found in the main colors, the reds and greens. They compliment one another quite well.
  • The combination of colors work as they are located across the color wheel from one another thus are known as complementary colors. They provide a nice balance. The throw encompasses warm and cool.
  • For me, they work because the red is a shade of red and the green is a shade of green. I would not like it if both colors were used at true saturation and we were dealing with a true red and green because we would be reminded of the Christmas motif as this is not intended to be a festive blanket.

Orange Carton

  • On this container we see tinted hues of yellow. The picture and colors used produce harmony. The colors used are analogous and are also found in nature’s orange.
  • The combination of colors are comprised of warm yellows and oranges. The colors match well creating the sense of harmony in the packaging. The color combination of this packaging  may give the consumer the feeling that this would make a nice relaxing morning drink. The color choice is very warm and inviting like a nice glass of orange juice is intended to be.
  • The combination of the colors work because they are both analogous and are also a color scheme based in nature such as the inside of a freshly sliced orange exposing the various layers of color from the rind through to the fruit’s flesh.

Three Quarter Sleeve Printed Top

  • The harmonies in this color combination reside in that the blues and greens are analogous in color and it is also a color scheme based on nature.
  • The combination of colors work because the blues used are next to each other on the color wheel and are therefore analogous. The hues are cool which create a very relaxing and serene feel. This sense of harmony is further achieved as the blues and light greens are reminiscent of colors based in nature such as tropical waters. This also provides a very tranquil effect.
  • It works because there is enough contrast between the colors even though the hues are analogous. The blue tends to dominate over the green thus creating the feeling of the ocean. The colors are located on a white background allowing the hues to stand on their own.

Ketchup Bottle

  • The harmonies in the iconic Heinz ketchup bottle that make in a balanced experience are that the predominant players are complimentary colors. The red and green.
  • The red and green provide a balance of warm and cool. They are complimentary colors and are also a prevalent duo found in the nature scene. Tomatoes, apples, strawberries, raspberries, roses to name a few always adorn green leaves. These images found in nature help us to interpret the red and green as a harmonious pair. It tries to lead us into thinking ketchup is a natural condiment.
  • There is a high contrast between the red and green and because there is a scene depicted in nature on the label our mind does not jump to Christmas. The colors may also serve to benefit the product’s marketing scores as the the red and green colors provide contrast thus grabbing consumers attention.


  • The harmony in this purse is achieved because the colors are analogous. The colors blend nicely and provide a cool appeal to the bag. All hues used are cool making the bag a calming accessory.
  • The colors works well because the bag is busy in texture and pattern so the fact that although there is at least three hues of blue- greens, the bag does not look too busy. The colors are also reminiscent of a tropical waters providing a tranquil feel.
  • If the bag had of used as many complementary colors as it did analogous colours, it would have been overload and the easy breezy effect the accessory has to offer would not be possible.

Sources for Instruction on Color Theory 

The ABC's of Art Color Theory

The ABC’s of Art Color Theory

The ABC's of Art Color Theory in Color

The ABC’s of Art Color Theory in Color

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Clothing & Textile Elements of Design (

Color Theory Quick Reference Sheet (

Elements of Color Worksheet

Elements of Color Worksheet


Color Theory Through Shibori by Heather M. Herche (

“Design Notes Art 104: Design and Composition” (

“Color Theory” (

“The Psychology of Color” (

  Color Theory Class Activity

Textile Arts and Design 7

  •  Unit 1 in Textile Arts and Design 7  is “Textile Arts and Design.”
  • General Curriculum Outcome: Students will be expected to demonstrate the impact of textile art and design on our daily lives.
  • Specific Curriculum Outcome 1.2: Students will be expected to use an embellishment technique to add personal expression to a textile item.


  • Review examples of the elements of design in preparation for design work with an emphasis on “colour.”
  • Review and have students apply the following terms to textile and color samples (i,e. harmonies, primary, secondary, tertiary, analogous, color scheme, warm and cool, etc.) Have students complete the “Elements of Color Worksheet.”
  • Define “embellishment” and display samples or pictures of embellishment ideas (i.e. embroidery, glue sequins, fabric crayons, dye, iron-on transfers, etc.)

Students will be expected to:

  • Students will find three examples of color combination and bring to class. Students must be prepared to comment on the colors using information from the color wheel.
  • Students are expected to prepare a proposal for embellishment of a textile (i.e. t-shirt, purse, scarf, etc.) Project proposal must be completed on paper by hand or the computer. The proposal must use embellishment and color. The proposal must explain color selection based on “Color Theory” in the finished design. Students will then create their design using the medium of their choice.



3 thoughts on “Assignment 2: Color Theory

  1. Catherine Morley says:

    An excellent study in colour theory. I appreciate how you looked about you to find examples in your home and did the analysis on them. The study of food labels, as with the study of restaurant logos (that other students have done) is most interesting. We see these combinations all the time that they are often overlooked. Well done!

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