Design Your Decal: Color Theory, Part 2: What is color harmony?

Design Your Decal: Color Theory, Part 2: What is color harmony?

Design Your Decal: Color Theory, Part 2: What is color harmony?

When you’re designing what you want your custom sticker will look like, color plays an important part. You want a color that will make your decal standout from the crowd, but you also want your decal creation to be pleasing to the eye. There are some color combinations that would definitely make your stickers standout, but not necessarily in a good way. That’s why understanding a little bit about color theory can be helpful when you are creating a decal.

In a previous post, we talked about the color wheel.  Now, we’ll put that wheel to work with the help of what is called color harmony. 

What Is Color Harmony?

Merriam Webster defines harmony as, among other things, a “pleasing arrangement of parts.” In music, it would refer to a pleasing arrangement of notes into chords and then an arrangement of those chords that is pleasing to the ear. When it comes to color, it’s the same idea, you’re just looking for an arrangement that is pleasing to the eye.

As the website Color Matters explains, if something has a sense of visual harmony, “It engages the viewer and it creates an inner sense of order, a balance in the visual experience. When something is not harmonious, it’s either boring or chaotic. At one extreme is a visual experience that is so bland that the viewer is not engaged. The human brain will reject under-stimulating information. At the other extreme is a visual experience that is so overdone, so chaotic that the viewer can’t stand to look at it. The human brain rejects what it cannot organize, what it cannot understand. The visual task requires that we present a logical structure. Color harmony delivers visual interest and a sense of order.”

If you would like to know how to achieve that sense of visual harmony with the colors you choose for the sticker or decal you are creating, stick around. We’ll give you some great ideas and examples in our next blog post!

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