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The Best Ways to Use Triadic Colors in Design

How to choose a Triadic Color Scheme for your design?

Whether you’re a photographer, designer, or creative of any kind, understanding what triadic color schemes are and when to use them will help you create better, more cohesive color palettes. Triadic color schemes tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues. By learning how to choose triadic color schemes, you will be able to achieve triadic harmony successfully.

Here is a handy guide to help you choose:

  • Start by asking what sort of emotional response you want your color palette to elicit. Make your selection of colors with your end goal in mind.
  • It’s important to choose one color to be the lead color and let the other two function as supporting players. This keeps the design from being too frenzied and helps create pathways for directing attention where you want it.
  • Lower the saturation in the accent colors for a more cohesive blend with your dominant color.
  • A triad of secondary colors will look more neutral.
  • A triad of primary colors will create a vibrant and lively color scheme.
  • Pastel variations will give your color scheme a more unified, calming appearance.