Finally, you have chosen the bag you want to design, so now you just need to decide what colors and leathers you will use to make your bag stand out. Some people have a natural instinct to mix and match colors, but if you are not one of them and are struggling to decide which colors you should use for your custom bag, you are at the right place.
To explain the color matching rules, we will use the color wheel, which was first developed by Isaac Newton in 1666. It is a handy tool not just for painters and designers, but also for every person who wants to look stylish and polished.
The Color Wheel
This color wheel is made up of 12 colors, which is totally enough in the beginning for you to get familiarized with the color-combining process. The wheel is divided into three categories:
Primary colors: red, blue, and yellow. These are the original colors that cannot be mixed using any other colors
Secondary colors: green, purple, and orange. These colors are made by mixing primary colors.
- Tertiary colors: yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, and yellow-green. These are created by mixing a primary color with a secondary color in equal amounts.
Understanding color categories will help you to navigate in the color world.
The Rules of Mixing and Matching Colors
Match analogous colors. These are any three neighboring colors on the color wheel. One of them is usually a predominant color from the primary or secondary colors category. Let’s see how it works for a customized clutch “Kate.” We combined three neighboring colors, rosy red, tangerine, and hot pink.
Match complimentary colors. You can find them opposite one another on the color wheel. For the best results, use about 30 percent of one color and 70 percent of another. Let’s see how it looks. For the custom bag “Julia,” we combined two complementary colors, jungle green and rosy red.
Match split complimentary colors. This means combining two analogous (neighboring) colors with one complementary color. Let’s customize the tote “Sofie” in navy blue, rosy red, and lavender purple.
Why it works: This color scheme has the same strong visual contrast as the complementary color scheme, with less tension.
Match monochromatic colors. Use dark and light variations of one color to get a nice, effortless color blend. Let’s try earthy tones for the satchel bag Cindy.
Why it works: Light and dark color variations always blend nicely, give the look a classical touch, and are easy to match with other colors in your outfits.
As a general rule of thumb, you don’t want to have more than three colors in your outfit.
If you have any questions or ideas about how to match colors, don’t hesitate to leave your comments.