12. Harmony of Colors

  1. Rolf G. Kuehni

Published Online: 9 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118533567.ch12

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Third Edition

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Third Edition

How to Cite

Kuehni, R. G. (2012) Harmony of Colors, in Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118533567.ch12

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118173848

Online ISBN: 9781118533567

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Keywords:

  • clothing fashion;
  • color harmony;
  • complementary colors;
  • musical tones

Summary

Harmonia, one of the reputed daughters of Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, lent her name to the aesthetic principle of harmony. Clothing fashion has been a field for application of ideas of color harmony since antiquity, particularly in regard to clothing for members of higher societies. Colors connected by the lines of triangles, such as green, orange, and violet, result in paint mixture in near-black appearance. Among the oldest ideas on color harmony is a presumed relationship between musical tones and colors. A relationship between musical tones and colors was also claimed in so-called color organs. Newton’s incomplete color circle is already arranged so that compensative colors are approximately opposite, their mixture passing through white. A methodology used to determine complementary colors was colored shadows.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

clothing