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What colors match with yellow?

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Colors that match with yellow include orange, red, green, blue and purple, depending on the shade of yellow and how it is being used. Basic color harmonies, such as analogous or complementary colors, can be determined using a color wheel. A combination of both warm and cool colors, as well as a balance of dynamic and subtle harmonies are often a good choice and help to differentiate lightness while increasing contrast.

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There are different harmonies that are used on the color wheel to determine the best color matches. One type of harmony is called analogous, in which the three colors that are side by side on the color wheel are selected. For yellow, this would be yellow, orange and green.

Another type of harmony is called a complementary harmony, which is when the two colors that are directly opposite of one another on the color wheel are selected. For yellow, this would be yellow and purple. A split complementary harmony is also an option, and is when the three colors that are chosen are equidistant from one another, forming an equilateral triangle. For yellow, the three colors are yellow-green, yellow-orange and purple.

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