How to Choose the Right Color Combinations for Crafting

Find the Perfect Color Palette for Your Craft Projects

Picking the right color palette or color combinations for your craft project can oftentimes be more challenging and time-consuming than making the project itself.

Find the Perfect Color Combination to Craft With

Whether you’re crafting for yourself or a loved one, the colors you choose can have a huge impact on the final product. Certain color combinations have the power to spark emotion and ultimately make a lasting statement.

When you’re spending time and resources crafting, you want to make sure the end product is something you’re proud of.

To find the perfect color combination, it’s important to understand how certain colors can impact how we feel.

Relationship Between Colors and Emotions

Different color combinations can spark different emotions but are also dependent on their brightness, shade, tint, and tone.

Warm colors like red, yellow, and orange can spark emotions of happiness, optimism and can give you energy.  However, they can also grab your attention and signal danger if it’s a bright or a dark shade like stop signs, hazard signs, and caution tape.

Cool colors like blue, green, and purple are typically calming colors but can also evoke different emotions depending on their tint and tone.  Pastel colors like baby blue, mint, and lilac are calming and relaxing but deeper colors like royal blue, emerald green, and magenta can make you feel energized and refreshed.

How Do Colors Make You Feel?

Let’s look at each color and the emotions and feelings it can give you.

Crafting with Red Colors

Red makes you feel passionate and energized.

Crafting with Orange Colors

Orange makes you feel energized and enthusiastic.

Crafting with Yellow Colors

Yellow makes you feel happy and spontaneous.

Crafting with Green Colors

Green makes you feel optimistic and refreshed.

Crafting with Blue Colors

Blue makes you feel safe and relaxed.

Crafting with Purple Colors

Purple makes you feel creative.

Crafting with Pink Colors

Pink makes you feel playful and romantic.

Crafting with Brown Color

Brown makes you feel down to earth.

Crafting with Black Color Palette

Black makes you feel sophisticated, classic, and serious.

Crafting with White Color Palette

White makes you feel simple and minimalistic.

Crafting with Gray Colors Palette

Gray makes you feel serious and professional.

Did these images evoke those emotions in you?   It’s important to note the way colors make you feel can be different for everyone but learning how to choose color combinations can help make you a better crafter.

How to Choose Color Combinations

While different colors make you feel a different way, combining colors can also have an impact on how you feel and can set the tone.  There are four different ways to choose color combinations.

Monochromatic Colors

Monochromatic colors use colors that are different tints and tones of the same hue.   This creates harmony and peace.  Try Recollections Cardstock in Pink Buttons, Cape Cod Blues, Purple Passion, and Shades of Red.

Complementary Colors

Complementary colors use two colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel.   For example, Orange and Blue are complementary colors.  These colors bring out the best of each other.  This creates a high contrast that makes the colors pop and creates a sense of liveliness.   Try Recollections Cardstock in Cape Dreamy, Butterfly Wings, Paper Flowers, and Sail Away.

Analogous Colors

Analogous colors are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.  These colors match well together and create a serene and comfortable feeling. Try Recollections Cardstock in Soda Pop, Cool Waters, Sassy, and Citrus.

Triadic Colors

Triadic colors are three colors spaced evenly around the color wheel.  A good example is the primary colors.  These colors are vibrant providing energy and cheerfulness. Try Recollections Cardstock in Sugar Candy, Brights, South Beach, and Primary.

While the above recommendations are specific to crafts made with cardstock, you can apply the same theory for combining colors with all types of material.

Crafting with Different Color Palettes

While there are many ways to craft with color, my favorite is crafting with layered cut files.  With layered cut files, there are so many different ways to take the same design and make it into something different using the color combinations above.

Here are a few examples from crafters just like you using different color palettes with my layered designs.

Apple Mandala Red Apple Mandala Pastel Apple Mandala White Apple Mandala Pastel
Easter Egg Mandala Coral Easter Egg Mandala Blue Easter Egg Mandala Purple Easter Egg Mandala

Check out these designs and other layered cut files here.

What color combinations are your favorite to craft with?

How to Choose the Right Color Combinations

11 thoughts on “How to Choose the Right Color Combinations for Crafting

  1. This post and the photos within it may contain Amazon or other affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.
  2. I love this article. It is a great help with color combinations especially for layered designs. My choices are often a little bland – I’m kind on a monochromatic kick right now.

    1. Thank you Lucy! I love the monochromatic look as well. Sometimes I get adventurous and go for some of the other color combinations but I mostly use monochromatic too!

  3. This is what I’ve been looking for! Choosing the colors is the hardest part of doing a mandala and This will help a lot!!! Thank you and I love your blog 💗

    1. You’re so welcome! I’m so glad you found this helpful. I can’t wait to see some of your color combinations.

  4. I like your information here. I use a color wheel when crafting. It helps me tremendously. I feel ‘color challenged’ without it.

    1. Thank you Diana! Yes it helps a lot to know which colors go well together. Makes me a better crafter 😊

  5. Thank you for the information. I have always had trouble putting colors together and this post is very informative. It has given me a real boost in crafting.

    1. You are so welcome Jan. I’m so glad you found it helpful. I can’t wait to see what you create!

  6. This is a great blog post- super helpful and I love how you took the time to add examples. It helps if I’m able to see what it is your describing. Thanks Maggie!

    1. You’re so welcome! I love the Recollections cardstock color combinations. It takes the guesswork out of trying to find the perfect colors.

  7. I just started my blog a few months ago and discovered this site just two weeks now, and wow…So grateful for you. Thanks for the post. awesome.. Oliy Donn Pulchia

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