Definition of complementary color in English:

complementary color


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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Yellow and violet are complementary colors; as are orange and blue, and green and red.’
    • ‘Colors that match the flowers and foliage already growing in your garden have a unifying effect; contrasting or complementary colors create a visual diversion.’
    • ‘Here is where you'll see that red and green are complementary colors and work together because they each make the other pop.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘These compositions, which frequently feature patchworks of color within larger faceted planes of complementary colors, are also instantly suggestive of Richard Diebenkorn's abstractions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trigger for this change in color preference appears to have been the new interest in complementary colors.’
    • ‘You can opt for complementary colors, those that are found across another color, for safe choices.’
    • ‘Choose two complementary colors that work with a third neutral background color.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As he declared, ‘Any two pure full complementary colors exert an elementary contrast of powers similar to the conception of Yin and Yang.’’
    • ‘Remind them of the wisdom of selecting a limited palette, possibly of analogous or complementary colors.’
    • ‘In a busy room with a lot of activity, try complementary colors - with restraint, of course.’
    • ‘Consider not only complementary colors, but also texture, shapes, and even height.’
    • ‘Then he seeks complementary colors that bring movement and vibration to the images.’
    • ‘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.’


complementary color

/ˌkämpləˈmen(t)ərē/ /ˌkɑmpləˈmɛn(t)əri/ /ˌkämpləˈmentrē ˈkələr/ /ˌkɑmpləˈmɛntri ˈkələr/