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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Color Contrast

Contrast plays an enormous role in successful color design. Many different kinds of contrasts exist. No one better identified and explained this concept better than legendary Bauhaus professor, Johannes Itten, in the early 20th century.
Contrast between cool/warm colors, color saturation, complementary colors, etc, are vital considerations when choosing harmonious color palates. All materials need to be considered in color selection both with interiors and exteriors. This can include roofing, trim, flooring, accessories and even landscaping.
When a color scheme seems off, it can often be explained by uneven color contrast in one of the various contrast categories.