9 Fantastic ORANGE Color Schemes Based on Color Theory

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So what do these color combinations look like when they are put into practice?

Notice that when you add the colors directly beside ORANGE 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 GREEN to the BLUE in the SIDE-COMPLEMENTARY color scheme, the picture is heightened. 

Adding the 3rd leg color of BLUE-VIOLET to the SPLIT-COMPLEMENTARY color scheme, introduces warm and cool variations of the color BLUE.

PENTAGONAL takes this a step further with adding even more dimension with the RED – warm & YELLOW – cool (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 ORANGE/ GREEN feels unbalanced until you add the 3rd leg of PURPLE in the TRIADIC color scheme.

Whereas in the SQUARE-TETRADIC color scheme, ORANGE/BLUE COMPLEMENTARY combination is balanced by a second COMPLEMENTARY color combination of RED-VIOLET/YELLOW-GREEN.

In this last color scheme, a different set of COMPLEMENTARY colors VIOLET/YELLOW balances the ORANGE/BLUE COMPLEMENTARY combination for a slightly different feel.

Interestingly, the ORANGE COMPLEMENTARY color scheme will be the same as the BLUE COMPLEMENTARY color scheme. The only difference will be the importance given to ORANGE. 


Similarly, ORANGE TRIADIC will be the same as VIOLET TRIADIC and GREEN TRIADIC. With the only difference being the importance put to the main color of focus.

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