August 9, 2012

Cindy's Color Chat: Wonky Purple Circles

Wonky Purple Circle Pillow  cindygrisdela

Purple is sometimes a great supporting color to help others shine, especially when paired with colors opposite on the color wheel. Known as a "split complementary" color scheme, the idea is to pick two colors opposite each other, like purple and yellow, and then use the two colors on either side of the secondary color.

So I choose purple to be the dominant color in the pillow above and yellow as the secondary complement. Then I used a lime green which is next to yellow on one side and an orange gold which could be next to yellow on the other side. Those are the colors which really catch your eye in the wonky circle pillow. Of course I always throw in a variety of other colors as well, red and green are complements, as are blue and orange.

It sounds more complicated than it actually is--when in doubt, just use colors that balance each other--a mix of strong color and more supportive ones. There's no color police to come and say you did it wrong--if it works for you, it works!

Let's see what other TAFA members on Etsy have done with purple and its complements:

Fairy Masterpiece Nuno Felt Vest ArianeMariane

Tropical Fruit Salad Wrap WrapturebyInese

Woven Boho Chic Bowl kbuchheit


  1. Great pillow, Cindy! And, purple always amazes me in how it can change depending on who its neighbors are. I have a friend who has her bedroom all decorated in many shades of purple. Always easy to get her a gift!

  2. Thanks! Purple is one of my favorite colors--it has such personality!


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