About the combination of colors

Very often, when we choose the materials for creating a bag for a certain outfit, we have issues related to chromatic combinations. This is why we decided to make a bit of research on this subject and to collect here some basic rules and principles for the mixing of colors. But we do not have to forget that the successful combination of colors, is not necessarily the result of following some strict rules, but also may be the effect of an eye capable to seize the symmetry and the esthetics. In the end, it is important to have a harmonious aspect.

At the basis of theory and practice concerning the mixing of shades, there is the so-called „wheel of colors”, that helps us choose those shades that look good together:

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The wheel of colors is formed by the equidistant representation of primary colors, being completed with the secondary and tertiary ones.

Primary colors: these are the basic colors, that cannot be obtain through the combination of other shades, those are: red, yellow, blue.
Secondary colors: are obtained by the combination of two primary colors, we have also three: green, orange, violet.

Tertiary colors: obtained through the combination of a primary color with a secondary one, or through the combination of two secondary colors (for example: green+blue=turquoise, orange+yellow=amber, violet+blue=purple, etc).

The complete list of colors and the method of obtaining them, can be found here:


Stylists recommend some basic rules when we match bags or other accessories with the outfits:

1. Having in mind the wheel of colors, shades can be combined in three main ways:

  • Monochrome: the same color, in different shades and intensity (for example, dark green with light green);
  • Contrasting:  colors are opposed on the wheel (yellow with purple, for example);
  • Analogue: the shades are next to each other on the wheel of colors, and you can combine them in different saturation (for example, mustard with olive).
2. Colors have natural associations, which consolidate or attenuates the force of the shade. This is why it has to be decided from the start, if the accessory will be a spot of color on the outfit or will equilibrate its chromatics;

3. For a colorful outfit, it is recommended to assort only one of the shades, usually the dominant one;

4. White and black can be combined with anything;

5. Primary and secondary shades look good together in the following basic associations (we can play with the different intensities of these colors):

  • Red with: white, black, red, violet, orange, green;
  • Blue with: white, black, blue, green, violet, orange;
  • Yellow with: white, black, yellow, green, orange, violet;
  • Green with: white, black, green, blue, yellow, red;
  • Violet with: white, black, violet, blue, red, yellow;
  • Orange with: white, black, orange, red, yellow, blue.

There is a more detailed guide of combining the colors below, for the contrasting, as well as for the attenuating styles of outfits:

The best part is that when you create an accessory on your own, you have the freedom to choose any color you wish, and you have to take advantage of this. A shade that does not strictly follow the guidelines of combination, but goes perfectly with your personality, style, or good mood, will be seen in the best light.

We collected more useful advices for the harmonious combination of colors, on our Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/mishophobbycraftsuniquegifts/color-mixing-guide/

At Mishop, you can find a rainbow of colors, to create unique accessories for matching the personal style!