Every design project is a balancing act. Designers must manage an array of elements – composition, color, lighting, function, shape, and texture – in order to create a cohesive, compelling space. Whether you’re tackling a small scale room remodel or you’re designing an eye-catching poster, one of the biggest challenges both professional and amateur designers face is pulling all the elements together in a way that feels complete and creates an appropriate atmosphere.
Color is frequently a hard-to-manage element, as its very nature resists accurate description, and its perception varies from person to person. Understanding a little color theory can help designers make the transition from adequate to outstanding, and mastering the use of high key and low key color is one of the best ways to get started.
A low key scheme contains a range of dark value colors; high key contains a range of light value colors. [Read more…]