“Use Color to Enhance“
The use of color will evoke emotion and mood as much as anything other than the focal point item. Color has a language all its’ own. When used effectively and appropriately color will help you convey the message of your page.
Start with the primary colors: red, yellow and blue. Then use coordinating colors–those that are made by mixing two primary colors: red + yellow = orange. Adding tertiary colors–mixing primary color with its two closest secondary colors. Other elements of color are tint and shade. Tint = color plus white; Shade = color plus black.
As stated above, color has a language of its own. Each color creates a mood or gives a feeling. The chart below is a sample list of the various meanings, moods and feelings each color can give.
RED – Aggressive, Fire, Love, Strong, Heavy, Passion, Energy, Power, Debt, Heat
BLUE – Sky, Water, Comfort, Loyalty, Security, Peace, Stability, Trust, Wisdom
GREEN – Money, Spring, Health, Nature, Friendly, Healing, Growth, Freshness
YELLOW – Brightness, Energy, Happiness, Cheerfulness, Caution, Creativity
ORANGE – Warmth, Sunshine, Joy, Excitement, Determination, Success, Energy
PURPLE – Power, Royalty, Religion, Sophistication, Luxury, Nobility, Spirituality
BROWN – Conservative, Nature, Aged, Organic, Earth, Stable, Outdoors, Eccentric
PINK – Youth, Soft, Warmth, Healthy, Feminine, Tender, Trusting
BLACK – Serious, Cold, Expansive, Classy, Demanding
GRAY – Somber, Distinctive, Business, Cold, Moody
WHITE – Purity, Clean, Simple, Virtuous, Light, Tender
For more information on selecting a color scheme for your page see our article on: “Choosing A Scrapbook Color Scheme.”
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