What Colours Go With Which? Picking A Colour Palette For Your Fitout

What Colours Go With Which? Picking A Colour Palette For Your Fitout
May 6, 2021 Dentifit

They say first impressions count, and the first thing most clients notice about your clinic is the colours you use. The colours you pair with your clinic can have massive psychological effects on your patients and even contribute to the level of professionalism your clinic shows at face value. 

Yikes, it sounds like colour is pretty important. Well, it is. But luckily, several methods exist that make picking a colour scheme super easy. 

We don’t all have an eye for colour, so it can be frustrating deciding on the most significant feature of your clinic when you’re not 100% sure which colours marry well and which desperately need to be kept separate. 

Luckily the team at Dentifit are colour experts, and we have composed this list to help you narrow down your search for the perfect clinic colour palette. 

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Monochromatic

Monochromatic palettes rely on one core colour in various shades. If you’re looking to add a simple dash of colour, this is a popular choice for clinical brands because there is minimal room for error, and the results always look striking. 

That’s why we utilised it to create our brand! We use various shades of maroon to add colour to our business. Check out our website to see how we use a monochrome colour palette. 

Instead of pairing a colour palette with a secondary colour, many monochromatic designs compliment the primary colour with white or black. The main problem with monochrome designs is it makes standing out difficult. You need to rely on lighter or darker hues to create contrast instead of another colour; this means you run the risk of features blurring together. 

 

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Complimentary Colours

Do opposites attract? These popular colour trends suggest they do. When it comes to creating a complementary colour palette, you’ll want to select two colours that sit on opposite ends of the colour wheel. 

Some of the most identifiable colour schemes rely on this system. Christmas is widely recognised for its contrasting colours, red and green; The X-Men also have complimentary blue and yellow uniforms. The list goes on, once you know how to pick them, you will see them everywhere. 

If you want to add a bit extra to this look, you can expand to your chosen colour’s neighbours (Tetrad scheme). But, it only works if the new colours are opposites to each other as well. 

You could also pick a colour and link it to the hues on either side of its complementary counterpart instead. For example, if you chose blue, you could match it with yellow and orange-red, and exclude red. Think of this method like you’re making a peace sign without the middle leg. 

When you start mixing in shades, you start creating some unique and exciting colour combos. A thick briny blue could pair nicely with a light sand brown. This palette includes contrasting shades of light and dark, as well as complementary base colours of yellow and blue.

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Contrasting Colours

In gist, colour contrast is the difference between two colours. The closer they are on the colour wheel, the smaller the contrast, the further they are apart, the more they contrast. If they are complete opposites, they become complementary colours; however, you can sometimes play with lesser contrasts for some interesting combos. Contrasting colour combinations are separated by three segments on the colour wheel.

Some people hate these combos, but there are some occasions where businesses have taken advantage of the outlandish colour palettes. 

Harmonious Colours

Pick three colours and ditch the middle man; that’s how you find harmonious colours. So if you want a navy blue clinic colour, pair it with light blue or red-purple. 

Analogous

If you like the uniform look of a monochrome colour palette but want to add more depth, that’s where analogous schemes come into play. This look consists of three colours sitting next to each other on the colour wheel. 

This colour grouping gives you more choice. You’re getting flexibility on if you want to use all cold or warm colours, or if you want to dip into a different tone for some contrast. If you want a green-themed clinic, you can add yellow tones into the design too. 

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Triadic

As the name suggests, triadic colour palettes are positioned at the points of a triangle. This colour scheme provides you with a strong contrast level. However, it can sometimes feel busy and overstimulating. Each point of the triangle is separated by three segments on the colour wheel. 

Tetradic/Square

This colour palette is all about blending and utilising shades and hues. If you add each colour equally to your design, it will quickly look messy. However, sometimes this is what you want to achieve. Take for example a primary school ad that uses coloured fridge magnets of various colours. This is the most difficult combination to master but can create some effective designs. 

By following this guide you’re sure to pick a brilliant colour palette for your clinic! At Dentifit, we are the experts at making these ideas come to life. If your space is in need of a revival, a fit-out or if you are starting fresh, our team will help to build your best clinic. Contact us today!