Elements & Principals

By: Kearstin Sharp


These color schemes are different tints, shades, and intensities of a single color.


These are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye.


Complementary colors are two colors opposite each other on the color wheel.

Triadic Color Schemes

Triadic Colors are three colors that are equal distance from each other on the color wheel.


These are colors that don't usually show up on the color wheel. Neutral colors include black, white, gray, and sometimes brown and beige. They are sometimes called “earth tones.”


The one element you can see and feel.

Symmetrical and Asymmetrical

Symmetrical- a design of a garment that has identical spaces on each of two sides.

Asymmetrical- Design of a garment with visually different designs; balanced by design elements with various visual weights

Radiation & Repetition

Radiation- Created when lines, shapes or designs emerge from a central point resulting in the design being an equal distance from that point.

Repetition- Repeats lines, shapes, colors, or textures in a garment