Complementary Colour Scheme
The most dynamic colour combination is complementary, made up of two hues opposite each other on the colour wheel. Using complementary colours next to eachother in a quilt give a very intens effect. You can you this effect as an eyecatcher in your quilt.
For example: Blue and orange make a bold statement.
Monochromatic Colour Scheme
A monochromatic colour scheme uses a single colour and mixes in several shades (adding black) and tints (adding white). This colour combination usually creates a tranquil effect because it doesn’t offer much visual diversity.
Analogous Colours Scheme
Analogous colours are neighbours on the colour wheel. Combining them provides a bit of contrast. An analogous colour scheme can be cool and soothing or warm and intense, depending on which area of the colour wheel you use.
For example: green, blue, and violet create a calm scheme.
Triadic Colour Scheme
A triadic colour scheme -- one using three colours that are evenly spaced on the colour wheel -- will have contrast, but because of their relationship on the colour wheel, the colours will always be balanced.
Two-Colour Pairing Scheme
A classic two-colour combination includes white and another colour, such as blue or red. If you’re feeling adventurous, add accent colours such as green, purple, or yellow.
Start with a Focus Fabric
Choose a favorite multicolour print and pull colours from it. Avoid the temptation to match the fabrics; just use a merry mix of colours and prints. Try to think light, medium and dark and make sure you have enough of each shade.
Be Open to Inspiration
Look at books, magazines, photographs, and clothing for colour inspiration. Or find a favourite fabric that sparks your interest and work from there.