Definition of complementary colour in English:

complementary colour


  • A colour that combined with a given colour makes white or black.

    • ‘Remind them of the wisdom of selecting a limited palette, possibly of analogous or complementary colors.’
    • ‘The effects of warm and cool colors, the mixing of tints and shades, and the fact that the complementary colors offer high contrast and excitement to work were all reviewed.’
    • ‘This book is a great illustration of complementary colours.’
    • ‘He was additionally affected by memories of painting a huge red billboard high over Times Square and looking down to see the street below suffused with green, the sign's complementary color.’
    • ‘Here is where you'll see that red and green are complementary colors and work together because they each make the other pop.’
    • ‘Yellow and violet are complementary colors; as are orange and blue, and green and red.’
    • ‘The trigger for this change in color preference appears to have been the new interest in complementary colors.’
    • ‘Mat and frame them to give them scale and presence - match the color of the mat to a color in the image, or choose a complementary color.’
    • ‘The complementary color study also changes certain hues.’
    • ‘And quite the majority also had tints of color in their black and white - whatever their hair color was, their clothing had the complementary color.’
    • ‘The orange of the bushes is the complementary color to the blue of the water since there is no blue in orange (a blend of red and yellow).’
    • ‘He then goes on to show (in colour by use of appropriate photographs) the differences between complementary colours, muted colours, contrasting colours and the colours produced by man and by nature.’
    • ‘Choose two complementary colors that work with a third neutral background color.’
    • ‘In the white squares framed by the crossing bands, ghostly points of complementary color hover.’
    • ‘Colors that match the flowers and foliage already growing in your garden have a unifying effect; contrasting or complementary colors create a visual diversion.’
    • ‘She balances those that are symbolic with those that appeal visually; she balances complementary colours, and bright hues with earthy tones, and bold expanses with subtle details.’
    • ‘Then he seeks complementary colors that bring movement and vibration to the images.’
    • ‘His manner of juxtaposing primary and complementary colours anticipated French 19th-century developments.’
    • ‘‘My work’, he says, ‘is of an experimental nature and has centered on an investigation into the effects of complementary colors of full intensity when juxtaposed and the optical changes that occur as a result.’’
    • ‘You can opt for complementary colors, those that are found across another color, for safe choices.’
    • ‘As early as 1743 in his discussion of afterimages, Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon had shown that the eye, after looking for a time at one color, would evoke the complementary color.’
    • ‘In a busy room with a lot of activity, try complementary colors - with restraint, of course.’
    • ‘Green, for these purposes, is opposite red on the colour wheel, so it's the complementary colour, and they will cancel each other out.’
    • ‘But after-images (of complementary colour and brightness) can be caused by staring intently at any pattern of high contrast.’
    • ‘Pick any color on the color wheel - its complementary color will be exactly opposite.’
    • ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about colour is here: from complementary colours, colour combinations, shades, tints and contrasts - the list goes on.’
    • ‘Consider not only complementary colors, but also texture, shapes, and even height.’
    • ‘Tracing around the inside of their permanent black lines with water-based markers, students add a complementary color scheme to the portion of each shoe that is not being overlapped by another shoe.’
    • ‘A major trend in home furnishings seemed to be the use of complementary colours.’
    • ‘When complementary colors are placed side-by-side they tend to enhance the intensity of each other, and when they are blended together they tend to decrease the intensity of each other.’
    • ‘The enlivening effect that one colour can have upon another means that it is possible to breathe life into a scheme by adding a complementary colour.’
    • ‘Conversely, complementary colors are diametrically opposite each other on the color wheel, e.g., red and green, and achieve harmony or visual balance based on an equilibrium of opposing forces.’
    • ‘If you want to darken/shadow/brighten a light colour you are using, or lighten/brighten a dark colour, adding a splash of the complementary colour to the pure original colour will usually work better than adding any other colour.’
    • ‘This element not only evinced the installation's theme of light but drew attention to Stockholder's use of complementary colors and simultaneous contrast as one method of articulating the theme.’
    • ‘These compositions, which frequently feature patchworks of color within larger faceted planes of complementary colors, are also instantly suggestive of Richard Diebenkorn's abstractions.’
    • ‘Add to their enormous size the dictate that, with the exception of winter, there be something in bloom every season of the year - preferably in waves of complementary colors and contrasting flower forms.’
    • ‘As he declared, ‘Any two pure full complementary colors exert an elementary contrast of powers similar to the conception of Yin and Yang.’’
    • ‘Analogous to the phenomenon of simultaneous contrast (through which adjacent complementary colors appear more intense), the colors of paint call attention to the colors of commonplace things.’
    • ‘We discussed how their designs would be created using only one pair of complementary colors (red/green, blue/orange and violet/yellow) and how dynamic these colors looked when paired together.’
    • ‘As you gain confidence in your design eye, you can always add splashes of a complementary color here and there to liven things up.’


complementary colour