How to Use GREEN Effectively in your Next Project for the Best Results

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Here are 4 great tips when using green…


Of course you can use PURPLE with GREEN. However, if you have an unresolved problem in your creation, check your GREEN/PURPLE usage.

When using GREEN the one color that is only used once in all of the color theory schemes is PURPLE.

Using GREEN/PURPLE can sometimes feel unbalanced without ORANGE. All 3 GREEN/PURPLE/ORANGE are all needed for the TRIADIC color scheme.

However, without introducing a 3rd color, consider utilizing a RED-PURPLE with GREEN to push the color scheme into the SIDE-COMPLEMENTARY color scheme.


GREEN is a secondary color. Meaning that GREEN is made up of YELLOW and BLUE. Each YELLOW and BLUE will have their own bias, which could turn your GREEN into mud. In order to mix the purist GREEN use a BLUE-biased YELLOW with a YELLOW-biased BLUE.

Click here for a shopping list of the best YELLOWS and BLUES for mixing GREEN. This shopping list also includes a list of the purest GREENS directly from the tube.


GREEN will cast a RED-aura into the surrounding area (see my blog post How to Successfully Place Colors Side-by-Side, to understand the Law of Simultaneous Contrast.)

The graphic below shows how the RED-aura will affect any surrounding colors.


GREEN contrasts best with its COMPLEMENTARY color RED. But because GREEN is a cool color, which will tend to recede against a warm RED, you will have to come up with a different tactic in order for GREEN to become the focus.

Remember also, that GREEN’s RED-aura will heighted the RED sitting next to the GREEN. The battle for dominance between GREEN/RED will be intensified.

Instead of using a saturated RED as the supporting color, which will draw attention, try utilizing a dull, muted or de-saturated RED. This will push the RED into submission as the support color making GREEN the focus.

To continue on this discussion, here are the other posts in the Just GREEN Blog Series…