Monochromatic pink bow with color wheel and ribbon

Using The Color Wheel To Choose Ribbon

Do you ever look at your ribbon stash and wonder, “which of these ribbons will go together?” Do you agonize over choosing color for your DIY projects? Today I’m going to share how I used the color wheel for selecting ribbons when making four of my bowsl


Monochromatic pink bow

The first example is monochromatic—or using different tones, tints or shades of one color. Imagine the color wheel is a clock. In the picture below, look at 12:00 and notice how the various shades of pink get lighter as you move to center of the wheel.

Monochromatic pink bow with color wheel and ribbon

I love various shades of pink, so I started with a light pink gingham ribbon and added a pink and white striped ribbon with a darker tint of pink. I completed the bow with a third ribbon that has even darker tints of pink with burlap. The edges of the ribbon are an even darker version of fuchsia. While the color palette is the same, I used varying textures and sizes of ribbon to make a more interesting bow.


Pink, orange and yellow ribbon sitting on a lantern

In the second example I stayed with harmonious colors. I used an analogous color combination—or colors next to each other on the color wheel. Using our clock example, look at 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00. I started with a pink-orange and yellow check ribbon. I added a pink and white check and completed the look with a yellow Swiss dot. This bow just says summer citrus to me! Imagine freshly sliced watermelon, oranges, or pink grapefruit. How about a refreshing glass of iced tea with the perfect lemon wedge? This is my favorite bow in this post!

Orange, yellow and pink ribbon with color wheel and ribbon


Aqua and orange bow

In the third example, I moved to contrasting colors. I used a complementary color combination – or 12:00 and 6:00 on the clock. I’m not sure I would have thought of this color combination on my own, but it’s fun to experiment with the color wheel. I chose an orange-red polka dot ribbon and paired it with a complementary blue-green daisy ribbon. Sometimes your own decor provides the inspiration for the color combination. Notice how these two colors are prominent in the Classroom sign.

Aqua and orange bow with color wheel and classroom sign


Yellow daisy, blue polka dot and pink check bow on lantern

In the final example, I stayed with contrasting colors and went for a triad combination—or three colors equally spaced from each other on the color wheel (12:00, 4:00 and 8:00 on the clock). Starting with my pink and white check ribbon, I added a festive yellow with large daisy and completed the triad look with an aqua blue polka dot ribbon. What a festive, fun combination!

Yellow daisy pink check and blue polka dot bow with color wheel and ribbon

Now that I’ve given you four different ways to put ribbon together, which way is your favorite? Which one are you going to try? The possibilities are endless!

Note: The color wheel I used in my example is made by The Color Wheel Company,

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