Combinations with yellow
There are so many possible combinations with yellow. Think of ton sur ton; like the combination of different orange and yellow tints, colours with similar tones.
Or with a strong contrast: Who doesn’t know the red and yellow logo of Shell? Or the red and yellow colours of McDonald’s?
Red and yellow are colours that are near each other in the colour circle, but are not directly next to each other, since orange is in between. By skipping one single colour, you create a combination that draws your attention but is not too contrasting. Are you looking for a softer look? Try moving a step closer towards a dark orange or ochre yellow. Or add an extra colour that is more in between the two colours, such as brown.
By combining colours that are far apart from each other, such as bright blue and bright yellow, or yellow and black, you create a harsh look. Which can result in a cheap look, or it can scare people off. Think of a wasp with its black and yellow colours, or an ambulance which needs to draw people’s attention.
For a nice overall look, it’s best to stay away from these harsh combinations.
If you are interested in combining colours such as blue and yellow, opt for softer, less saturated tones that are less bright and complement these colours with soft nuanced tones. Such as a grey blue with ochre yellow, white, and soft pink. Ochre yellow and soft pink are colours that are close to each other, allowing them to create a soft transition in the same way that grey blue and white do. Together, these colours create a pleasant and cohesive overall look.