Use contrasting colours to create specific effects 

Colour wheel. Courtesy of Eastman KodakPlaced next to each other, complementary colours make each other appear brighter. On a colour wheel, complementary colours are on opposite sides of the wheel – for example, red and green or blue and orange.

 

Contrasting colours

 

Harakeke on hill top, Kate Whitley, 2010.
Harakeke on hill top, Kate Whitley, 2010.

See how Brake uses contrasting colours in this image:

 

Fiji, Royal Tour: 1953, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Fiji. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa
Fiji, Royal Tour: 1953, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Fiji. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa