What Exactly is Low Value Contrast

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Understanding what low value contrast is and who it suits

Low Value Contrast means colours that are only 1-3 shades away from each other (on a grey scale such as this):

grey scale

 

It doesn’t matter where on the grey scale the items sit, just they need to be close to each other in depth of colour.

What it doesn’t mean is that the colours have to be similar to each other (that’s colour contrast).

To find out your ultimate value contrast read this post.

Here are some examples of Low Value Contrast in different values and also different colour contrasts.

Love Value Contrast – Light Value

 

If you have overall light value (fair and lighter or blonde hair) and you are low value contrast then work with an overall light palette such as this.

 

You will see that the top and skirt (and all accessories) are a similar value (that is level of lightness or darkness).  This is in a light value (all light colours).  This outfit is also an example of 2 neutrals plus one colour.

Medium-Light Value – Low Value Contrast

Here is a Medium-Light Value (it’s really in between medium and light colours, but not really light).  Still in a low value contrast.  It looks more contrasted because of the higher colour contrast.

Here is an example of low value contrast in a medium-light value and but with multiple colours (orange and yellow orange being analogous, then the green being triadic from the yellow and split complementary from the orange).

 Deep Value – Love Value Contrast

 

Here is another example of low value contrast, in a deep or dark value (deep and dark are really describing the same thing).
With the navy and black both being neutral – you could class this as 2 neutrals. But I would say that in this instance the navy works more in the top as a colour – so it would be neutral plus 1 colour with its colour contrast.

As I’m Medium Value Contrast – low value contrast doesn’t look great on me  – it makes me feel a bit bland.  To get away with it I had to wear some seriously blingy earrings which reflected light.

 

low value contrast outfit

 

Read up more about Value Contrast

WHAT EXACTLY IS MEDIUM-HIGH VALUE CONTRAST?

VALUE CONTRAST AND YOUR VALUE

GETTING YOUR VALUE CONTRAST LEVELS RIGHT

WHAT IS MY VALUE CONTRAST?

HOW ANYONE CAN WEAR A HIGH CONTRAST PRINT

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CONTRAST -HIGH CONTRAST

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CONTRAST – LOW CONTRAST

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CONTRAST – MEDIUM CONTRAST

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  • Of all the many informative items I learned through your 7 Steps Program, Imogen, discovering that I was very low value contrast was the largest epiphany for me. It was so frustrating for me to have fabric and clothing dye art as a hobby, (so conceivably able to easily have any colour I thought of) and still feel that I just didn’t “get it right” somehow! Thank you again!

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