How To Wear A Triadic Color Scheme

We've been working our way through the various color schemes found on the color wheel. We started with Monochromatic outfits, moved on to Complementary and Split -Complementary color combinations and then we looked at Analagous outfits. This week we're going to explore the Triadic Color Scheme.


On the 12-point color wheel, basic triads are groups of three hues with three spaces between them. There are four combination in total. Triadic color harmonies tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.



To use a triadic harmony successfully, the colors should be carefully balanced.



Many stylists suggest using the most neutral of the three hues for 60 percent of the outfit, the mid-intensity color for 30 percent and the most vibrant color for 10 percent.



Your Personal Color Harmony and Personality will play a role in which of the colors you choose as the dominant color in your outfit.


Triadic harmonies can be more subtle when chosen in muted shades or through the use of prints and patterns, as well as fabric choices.


Of course, the most important rule (as with all the color schemes we've discussed) is to make sure that the colors in the triad are taken from your best colors so that they harmonize with you!



Do you have a favorite outfit in a Triadic Color Scheme?



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