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Quilting, design and colour- what it means to me

Why do I have a series of posts on colour?

WhatI love the most about quilting and creating treasures with fabric is the possibility that fabric-the design, the colour, the texture creates in the design.   The contrast of the colour of the fabrics I use can and does create and entire different feel to the piece that I have created, even when the exact same pattern is used in the quilt.

Understanding colour theory helps me to create the feel I want, helps me understand why some colour combinations just don’t feel right.   For me playing with colour is the fun part in the design process.

Let’s Talk Colour- Contrast of Extension

Contrast of extension is in fact a contrast of proportion.  While a room with contrast of extension often contains other contrasts, it is the proportion or ratio of one colour to another in the room that first captures the eye.

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In this type of contrast the amount of colour that is used is important. Because the intensity of a colour increases when its proportion in a room increases, a change in proportion of a colour can change the mood in a room.

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Let’s Talk Colour- Complementary Contrast

Complementary contrast results from colours that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel.  While this contrast is similar to warm-cool contrast, it is different in that in complementary contrast the colours must be of the same intensity.

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This type of contrast has a sense of unity to it because the colours add up to the totality of light.  Complementary contrast often is very elegant and sophisticated. 

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Let’s Talk Colour – Light-Dark Contrast

Light-dark contrast is one of my favourites.  It is a contrast in value of colours and is a common way to decorate a room.  There are 4 main categories of light-dark contrast:

  • In a monochromatic contrast there is one colour in varying tints and shades.

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  • A polychromatic contrast requires at least two different colours that are also different in value.

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  • An achromatic contrast is one in which there are only black, white and grey.

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  • There are also two combinations possible: either achromatic combined with monochromatic or achromatic combined with polychromatic.

Let’s talk colour-warm-cool contrast

There are two ways to create a warm-cool contrast. The first is with colours that depict an extreme contrast of temperature.  The other is to have relative degrees of contrast between warm and cool.

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Often in warm-cool contrast there is no significant difference in the value of the colours. One of the interesting effects of warm-cool contrast is that people report feeling warmer in rooms with red or orange tones and cooler in rooms in the blue or green range.

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