So what do these color combinations look like when they are put into practice?
Notice that when you add the colors directly beside YELLOW on the color wheel in the ANAGALOUS color scheme it creates interest and depth as compared to just using the shades and tints of the MONOCHROMATIC color scheme.
By adding a little bit of BLUE to the VIOLET (yellow’s complementary color) in the SIDE-COMPLEMENTARY color scheme, the picture is heightened.
Adding the 3rd leg color of RED-VIOLET to the SPLIT-COMPLEMENTARY color scheme, introduces warm and cool tones of the VIOLET.
PENTAGONAL color scheme takes this a step further with adding even more dimension with the warm ORANGE & cool GREEN. (see my blog post discussion of the importance of warm & cool colors in What is Color Temperature and Why Is It So Important.)
These two color schemes are all about balance.
Using just YELLOW & RED feels unbalanced until you add the 3rd leg of BLUE in the TRIADIC color scheme.
Whereas, YELLOW’s COMPLEMENTARY is equally balanced by the COMPLEMENTARY of BLUE-GREEN in the SQUARE-TETRADIC color scheme.
In the last color scheme, a different set of COMPLEMENTARY colors (RED/GREEN) balances the ORANGE COMPLEMENTARY for a slightly different feel.
Interestingly, the YELLOW COMPLEMENTARY color scheme will be the same as the VIOLET COMPLEMENTARY color scheme. The only difference will be the importance given to YELLOW.
The same is true for YELLOW SQUARE-TETRADIC and VIOLET SQUARE-TETRADIC color scheme.
Similarly, YELLOW TRIADIC will be the same as BLUE TRIADIC and RED TRIADIC color schemes. The only difference being the importance put to the focus color.