Designing with the Dennis Wisser Color Chart

Any designer will tell you that color makes the difference. It doesn’t matter is you are decorating a room, coloring a black line drawing or creating the atmosphere for an event such as a wedding, quince or gala.

Choosing the right color is everything.

You wouldn’t pick one color from a planning tool like the Dennis Wisser Color Chart and use it exclusively, right? After all, a beige room with a beige sofa, beige carpet and beige window treatments is still . . . beige. And boring.

The same scene in all coral or all peacock would still be boring unless you follow these three tips.

The rule of three

Many designers and creative artists know a secret that you might not even be aware of, and that’s the Rule of Three. This rule comes into play whether photographing a scene, providing written examples or working with color.

Even monotone color schemes benefit from the rule of three. Remember that beige room? Select three neutral colors from the Dennis Wisser Color Chart, like cream, light tan and burlywood to create a balanced and interesting palate.

You can apply the same logic to designing luxury event invitations by selecting cream for your silk folio covers, a burlywood satin ribbon and a tan (or gold tone clasp or brooch as a fastener.

The rule of three applies to the color wheel, too.

Work from the color wheel

Every color wheel is based on the rule of three because there are only three primary colors — red, blue and yellow. By mixing each primary color to the one next to it, the wheel expands to six colors with the addition of purple, green and orange.

From there, you can develop even more hues and tones by mixing the complementary colors with primary colors.

However, selecting complementary colors can be another things altogether. To use three colors in a color scheme, begin with your main color, such as Firebrick, which is an orange red color like a tourmaline . You’ll find that it is complemented well with olive (a yellow-green), and tanzanite blue. The three colors are equidistant from each other on the color wheel.

The Dennis Wisser Color Chart includes a diverse palette of colors for every concept you can dream of.

When white isn’t white

Faced with so many myriad choices, some brides may choose just white. It’s not always easier to keep everything white, though.

That’s because white is really bluish in tint or it has a yellow hue. Again, turn to the Dennis Wisser Color Chart for an example. Snow white is a blue white, and it’s best accented with light thistle or orchid. In fact any color with a bluish tint will pair nicely with snow white. Ivory, on the other hand, pairs well with gold and other yellow tints.
Selecting colors is easy because the Dennis Wisser Color Chart provides designers with colorful choices of silks, satin ribbons and rhinestones for any event.