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19 Jun 2018

Basic Color Theory for Quilters

Basic Color Theory for Quilters



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The fabrics you choose for your quilt can really make or break your project. I prefer not to stumble blinding when picking my colors but choosing from all the beautiful fabrics out there can be overwhelming. There are many wonderful pre-cuts that make most of the color decisions for you, but it's still good to know at least the basics of color theory.

To get started learning color theory, purchase the color wheel by Dritz that is specifically for quilters. The color wheel will help you choose colors a little more easily.


COLOR WHEEL COMBINATIONS
Below are the basic five color combinations you can get from the color wheel. I use one of these as a starting point when planning quilt colors. With practice, choosing fabrics will become easier starting with just these five combinations.

Download FREE PDF of these five combinations HERE

MONOCHROMATIC
Different shades and tints of the same color.
MONOCHROMATIC




















COMPLEMENTARY
Colors that are across from each other on the color wheel.
COMPLEMENTARY



















ANALOGOUS 
Colors that are beside each other on the color wheel.
ANALOGOUS

SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY 
The base color (e.g. red) and the colors that are adjacent to that color's complement (e.g. green).
SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY

TRIAD 
Three colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel.
TRIAD