Sunday, September 6, 2015

Accent Material Colors

How to choose the right accent color? Official guidelines don't help much:

Limit your selection of colors by choosing three hues from the primary palette and one accent color from the secondary palette.

Obviously, some colors are good match, some are not. But what is the key behind pairing a perfect match? If we are aiming for contrast, complementary colors may be the right choice. When placed next to each other, they create the strongest contrast for those particular two colors. They are opposite of each other. And opposite is something we can calculate.


I have created a little demo, to showcase its potential. You don’t have to use this exact shade of complementary color, but simply inverting the primary color, gives you nice starting point. Try it out:


Title Change My Colors
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Red
Pink
Purple
Deep Purple
Indigo
Blue
Light Blue
Cyan
Teal
Green
Light Green
Lime
Yellow
Amber
Orange
Deep Orange
Brown
Grey
Blue Grey
Black

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