Learn How to Use the Color Wheel for Your Bead and Jewelry Design


Aside from knowing fundamental beadweaving techniques and properly attaching each bead, you should also knowhow to combine and mix proper colors to create a spectacular beadwork. You don’t necessarily need to become an expert in color combinations, even the basic color mixes is enough with the help of a colorhweel. Learn how to use the color wheel for your jewelry designs!  


Primary Colors:

Blue, Red, and Yellow


(after primary colors are mixed):

Green, Orange, Purple


(colors that are mixed between a primary and secondary which are alongside each other in the color wheel): 

Blue-Green, Blue-Violet, Red-Orange, Red-Violet, Yellow-Green, and Yellow-Orange 

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There are millions of ways you can mix colors, but if you want something that has impact or an attractive and complimentary color combination then you need to base you combinations on the various color schemes. You’re the final judge on what color combination you want but it won’t hurt to consult the tested and proven color schemes below:



This is basically a color scheme in which you choose one color and stick with it. You may wonder how one color will make a great combination.

This is how it goes: the color you picked has multiple tones which can be mixed to create a color theme. For example red can be mixed with crimson red,

vermillion red, and so many more.  

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Using this color scheme is simple. Simply find the opposite of the color you choose in the color wheel. An example would be yellow and violet. 

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This color scheme is basically three combinations of colors that are evenly divided in the color wheel.

Example would be below which has the Triadic color scheme of yellow-orange, blue-green, and red-violet. 

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*Split Complementary

The Split Complementary color is also a tri color scheme. Two bordering colors complement a central color.

The example below shows red-violet and blue-violet complementing the primary color which is yellow. 

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Three adjoining colors form an Analogous color scheme. Analogous can also be known as harmonious due to the aligning colors complementing each other.

Example shown below with the yellow orange, orange, and red orange combination:

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The color schemes mentioned above are the most common ones and they’re quite enough for your bead color combination.

There are dozens color schemes aside from this blog so be sure to check them out!


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