Books Advises

Click HERE to see all the books about COLOR HARMONY

There are dozens and dozens of books about color harmony.

And it is not easy to choose among all these books... Here is a personal selection of those who seem the most simple and comprehensive...


1) The Complete Color
Harmony Workbook:
Kiki Eldridge (Author)

A Workbook and Guide to creative color combinations...

Color harmony book 1

Like the rest of the best-selling Color Harmony series, this book provides readers with the color inspiration and information to achieve communicative results...


2) Color Harmony
Lesa Sawahata (Author)

An another workbook and guide to creative color combinations.

Color harmony workbook

The Color Harmony Workbook is a practical, visual guide that takes the guesswork out of choosing and using color combinations.

Easy to read and complete handbook.


Color Design Workbook

A complete and real world guide to using color in graphic design.

Color design hand book

The science behind color theory is also explained in easily understood language.

Creating harmony of colors : using the "Color scheme designer"

You have pictures or drawings to be framed... and inevitably raises the problem of choosing the color of the bevel, of the mat and of the frame ! You are doing again your living room decoration... and you are unsure about the tone of the curtains... You do not know how to choose patterned papers for your scrapbooking page : you're afraid making mistakes...

To create color harmonies ... Here's the problem ! Some among you have no trouble to feel instinctively the colors to match ... others on the contrary feel stripped at choosing the colors time.

If you belong to the second category ... don't worry : COLOR SCHEME DESIGNER is a magical tool that will greatly simplify your life !

Brief history of color theory ...

Everyone knows the color wheel : it is formed by the three primary colors(yellow, blue, red), three secondary (obtained by mixing equal parts of three primary green, orange and purple) and the 6 tertiary colors .. .

Color Wheel

On this color circle, we say that two opposite colors are complementary: for example, yellow and purple are complementary ... Similarly, the blue and orange are also complementary.

Harmony based on complementary colors.

In the theory of color harmony, they say that the human eye, in the presence of a color, research subconsciously its complementary : where the idea of two complementary colors form a harmonious combination.

For example:

Example of color harmony


The ORANGE color can be harmoniously combined with its complementary color, blue, available here in different saturations. The contrast obtained is maximum but without being disagreeable! It is a 2-tone harmony.

Harmonies with several shades

3-tone harmony : It's an harmony that will combine three colors forming an isosceles triangle on the color wheel.

Harmony 3-tone

Simply choose a base color and draw an isosceles triangle on the circle. In the example, the base color is the CAPUCINE (tertiary color red-orange). The drawn triangle is isosceles (equilateral!) and the color harmony will be: yellow sulfur (yellow-green) and indigo (blue / purple) ...

Harmony 4 shades: It is a harmony that will combine four colors forming a rectangle on the color wheel.

Harmony of color to 4 colors

Thus, in this example, are associated red orange (capucine), purple, turquoise and sulfur yellow .

Tonal Harmony (camaieu)

Here, we choose close colors on the chromatic circle :

camaieu color harmony

Here, the Camaieu is obtained by combining red with capucine and purple ...

Other harmonies ...

There are other techniques for obtaining color harmony (... You will discover them by experimenting with the COLOR SCHEME DESIGNER by testing its possibilities.

The Color Scheme Designer

It's a little online Flash program that will allow you to find your different color harmonies without difficulty and without annoying calculations.

For a basic color chosen, it provides in different saturations, the colors that match the harmony you have chosen.

Color scheme designer 1


1. You start by choosing the desired type of harmony:
(Mono = camaieu, complement = complementary colors, triad = 3-tones, Tetrad = 4-tones ...) by clicking on one of the symbols ... here TRIAD .

Then with the mouse, you choose the base color by moving the black dot on the color wheel ... Your base color appears in the color wheel center.

Settings on color scheme designer

2. You have chosen TRIAD ... with the mouse, you move one of the gray dots on the color wheel ... to coincide with a color that you want to use ... the other dot move by itself to have a symmetrical position (isosceles)

Color scheme designer setting second color

3. A choice of colors in harmony appears immediately :

Result color harmony


Testing the harmony obtained

By clicking on "Light Page instance, you get a page based on your harmony with pastel colors ... or more sustained tones (Dark Page Example)

Color Scheme Control results

You can get an best idea of the result ...


Setting out the basic color

If you work with a specific basic color you know the HEXA code (or, with a conversion table, a RAL color... widely used in range of interior paints), you can directly enter this code by clicking on RGB and informing the dialog box which opens.

Enter RGB value