How To Choose Colors For Your Next Wreath

Typically, I just choose pretty patterns I like or use colors from the sign I choose for my wreath to match. As there really aren’t set rules to choosing colors, there really is a method to the color madness! Using a color wheel is the key.

Primary Colors

The primary colors are red, blue and yellow. These are the only colors that cannot be created by mixing other colors. Using all three of these vibrant colors is best for birthday parties, etc.

Secondary Colors

By mixing the primary colors together, you get the secondary colors. 

When making a wreath of secondary colors, it’s not necessary to use them all, rather just use one or two and choose different hues of those colors.

Tertiary Colors

Tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors. Tertiary colors that we refer to are blue-purple or red-orange.

It’s important for the colors of your wreath to look cohesive in some way. Here are a few color methods I love to use!


This method is simple because you only use one color on the color wheel but in different shades. This type of wreath is popular during holidays where one color is popular, like St. Patricks Day!


Analogues are colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel. Using 2 to 4 colors that are next to each other bring a sense of harmony to your wreath!


Complimentary colors are colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. These colors enhance one another and pair beautifully on a wreath. Sometimes it’s necessary to add white or hues of one of the complimentary colors to keep the wreath from looking dull. 


Assuming your color wheel has 12 colors, a triad would use three colors. You would choose every fourth color to include in the triad. This method makes for a very colorful wreath!


A tetrad is 4 chosen colors. Every third color would be used to incorporate into your wreath. This makes for a more complex wreath but I think it’s all in the hues. Choosing softer hues to pair with the bold hues produces the perfect balance. Give it a try!


  1. Nancy Williford on August 25, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Can you please tell me where you ordered your apron from!! I would love one with my name on it!!!!!!

    • lemondropwreathshop on December 5, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      Mel’s Corner Crafts you can find her on Etsy & Facebook.

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