Definition of complementary colour in English:

complementary colour


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about colour is here: from complementary colours, colour combinations, shades, tints and contrasts - the list goes on.’
    • ‘The complementary color study also changes certain hues.’
    • ‘Choose two complementary colors that work with a third neutral background color.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trigger for this change in color preference appears to have been the new interest in complementary colors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the white squares framed by the crossing bands, ghostly points of complementary color hover.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Here is where you'll see that red and green are complementary colors and work together because they each make the other pop.’
    • ‘Consider not only complementary colors, but also texture, shapes, and even height.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can opt for complementary colors, those that are found across another color, for safe choices.’
    • ‘But after-images (of complementary colour and brightness) can be caused by staring intently at any pattern of high contrast.’
    • ‘In a busy room with a lot of activity, try complementary colors - with restraint, of course.’
    • ‘Pick any color on the color wheel - its complementary color will be exactly opposite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His manner of juxtaposing primary and complementary colours anticipated French 19th-century developments.’
    • ‘Green, for these purposes, is opposite red on the colour wheel, so it's the complementary colour, and they will cancel each other out.’
    • ‘These compositions, which frequently feature patchworks of color within larger faceted planes of complementary colors, are also instantly suggestive of Richard Diebenkorn's abstractions.’
    • ‘Then he seeks complementary colors that bring movement and vibration to the images.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As you gain confidence in your design eye, you can always add splashes of a complementary color here and there to liven things up.’
    • ‘A major trend in home furnishings seemed to be the use of complementary colours.’
    • ‘This book is a great illustration of complementary colours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yellow and violet are complementary colors; as are orange and blue, and green and red.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Colors that match the flowers and foliage already growing in your garden have a unifying effect; contrasting or complementary colors create a visual diversion.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’


complementary colour