I love patterns, but when looking for a specific colour in an item of clothing it is really hard to know when there is enough of the ‘right’ colour to balance out the ‘wrong’ colour. Can you point me in the right direction? – thank you!
Choosing Prints and Patterns to Work with Your Colour Swatch
Here in this picture I’ve found some two prints that are harmonious, all the colour contained have similar colour properties so you can see that they blend with the colour swatches that they relate to.
Sadly, the third picture on the right is a print with a mix of both warm and cool colours (though all are on the brighter end of the spectrum).
The orange, warm green and brown work well with the swatch on the right, but the circles of cool green on the bust and hips are not in harmony.
There is a rule that as long as the ‘wrong’ colour is less than 20% of the pattern don’t worry about it, but you also have to consider where it is on the garment and how dominating it appears. Overall the garment is warm, as the background of orange is warm. But, these green circles are large and dominant, and they are on the bust and the hips, and so draw attention to those areas of the body. Should you feel that this is not where you want attention, I would avoid this garment.
Here is a skirt with elements of both cool and warm, but cool is the dominant, and it fits well with this Refined palette. As the peach elements of the skirt are more subtle and 20% of the pattern (so 80% of the pattern is cool) then it could easily be worn by a person who has this kind of cool colouring.
I always recommend fanning out your colour palette and seeing if the whole palette blends with the swatch (watch this video here).
More Tips on Using Your Colour Palette