High Contrast: Creating the Wow Effect

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 /

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To create the right level of colour contrast for you, i.e. to  harmonise/balance with your colouring you should mirror your own level of colour contrast. For example, is there a big variance between your hair skin and eyes say dark hair, pale skin and medium value eyes? Then medium to high colour contrast is for you.

High colour contrast creates impact and has the wow effect i.e. look at me! It can be created by putting two bright colours together or a dark colour with a bright colour.


In general high contrast is best for the following colour palettes:

  • Cool & Clear
  • Cool, Clear & Dark
  • Cool, Clear & Bright
  • Warm, Muted & Dark

Only use it at work for special occasions as it can come across as being a little intimidating rather than friendly, open and collaborative. You don’t want to scare everyone. Wear high contrast when you are presenting – especially to large groups or when you are having a difficult conversation and require the upper hand.

There are three ways to create colour contrast when putting together an outfit:





As with everything, have fun with it and take some time to play in your wardrobe. You may be surprised with what you can create.

If you’d like to find out more about how to wear colour and which colours are right for you check out Discovering your Style or upcoming Group Consultations.


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