Welcome to Day 14 of the series, FIND your FIT! (To return to the beginning, click here.)
Picking colors for your layouts can seem like a daunting task. With a little bit of color theory (a fancy word for how colors work together), you can make those decisions a lot easier. Don’t get intimidated! We’re going to break down each element, so it will be fun to use and help you decide how color fits into your style.
First, decide how you want to select your colors.
- Once you have decided on the photo you would like to scrapbook, select 2-3 of the main colors to use in your papers.
- If the photo is black and white, you have a little more flexibility with your colors.
- Here you allow the colors in the products to determine the photo to scrapbook.
- Choose a photo that will work with at least one of the colors, or again, use a black and white photo.
Tone and Mood
- Just like the tone of your journaling, the tones of the colors will support the feeling you would like to convey in your layout. The papers and embellishments you choose will help determine the mood of your page, so you want them to work with your photo.
- Keeping the tones similar creates a visually pleasing, soothing, or neutral layout.
- Use more contrast in the colors for energetic layouts.
Color harmony just means that the colors are pleasing to the eye. If a paper doesn’t seem to fit with your other choices, or just seems ‘off’, try something different. Trust your instincts!
The Color Wheel (and how it helps with design)
- Choose three colors that are side-by-side on the wheel.
- Pick the main color that you would like to use and then select the two colors on either side to support it.
- Select two colors that are opposites on the color wheel (red and green, blue and orange, or hot pink and mint green, for example).
- Complimentary colors provide lots of contrast, so they help a layout to be more dynamic.
- This is any color combination found in nature. Think blue skies, green trees, and red flowers.
- A single color family, such a differing shades of cream or pink.
- Use multiple textures to provide contrast and to add interest.
Ok, now that the big words and color theory are out of the way, how can this possibly use this in your scrapbooking?
Follow the 60-30-10 Rule
This ‘rule’ is popular in interior design and can be helpful with figuring out how to use color on your pages.
- 60% of the page consists of the dominant color (the first color you selected from the color wheel)
- 30% is the secondary, or supporting color.
- 10% is the accent color or the ‘pop’ of color for your page.
By implementing a strategy for selecting your papers and embellishments, you can easily select colors that fit with your style. If you are unsure of what your style is, I encourage you to experiment with these different color theories to see how you like the results. Try different combinations to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.
- Was this totally confusing? Do you have any questions about color and how it works with your style? Please feel free to ask questions in the comment below!
- Adobe Color is an awesome website for selecting colors from your photos. Try uploading a picture and use the ‘color picker’ to do the work for you.