How to Choose Colors Like a BOSS: Free Printable Cheat Sheet Included

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How to Choose Colors Like a BOSS


Quick Tip for Choosing Colors For Your Craft Projects


Let’s be honest. Even if the design is beautifully done, choosing wrong colors completely ruins the whole project.

Yes, coloring is such a critical process and doing it right helps you to create stunning projects to show off.

Science behind the colors can be quite complicated, but you do not have to dive into the whole concept just yet- instead, I will show you the BASIC skills you can follow to plan coloring your projects.


Maybe you are trying to color your own SVG cut files to sell. May be you are trying to pick a color combinations for HTV for a T-shirt, or choose what vinyl sheet colors you want to use to layer.


Here are the quick tips on how to achieve successful color choices for your craft projects- very basic, yet super useful. These 4 techniques can be carried on to many projects you will be completing in the future!


Note:You can use either 12–color wheel or 24-color wheel (or more)
In this article, I am using 12-color wheel, sorely because it is beginners friendly!

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To give your design a vibrant look, pick two complementary colors
(two colors that lie opposite from each other on the color wheel) .
Use more saturated colors on main elements!





This technique is called Analogous; it gives design a soothing color scheme.
Select one color to be the main color, then include 1-3 neighboring colors from each side.
(Depending on color-wheels you are using 12 or 24 colors, so on).
Use either 3, 5 or 7 colors.


Triadic technique gives the design strong contrast.
Pick your featured color, and then pick 2 additional colors that lie an equal distance from each other on the color wheel.
(4 colors apart on a 12-color wheel and 8 colors apart on a 24-color wheel.)






Using multiple colors requires experienced eyes and skills.
Even if you want to go crazy with vivid colors, try stick with up to 4 main colors
(you can go ahead and add different tones or shades for thee 4 colors).
When you start picking colors, try to pick 1 color from these colors, and use it as a dominant color.
Use other colors as accent colors!




I hope you enjoyed this and cheat sheet comes in handy!


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3 thoughts on “How to Choose Colors Like a BOSS: Free Printable Cheat Sheet Included”

  • This is PERFECT! Thank you so very much. If I could, I’d hug you right now 🙂

  • Thank you so much for the color chart and the color cheat lesson. I think that is the hardest part of the design. Picking colors are always an issue for me. I usually lay out a bunch of my vinyl and put it together that way. But I love your instruction on the color wheel.
    I was wondering if you might have the 24 color, color wheel? Does the square and triangle work the same on that?
    Thank you so much!
    Kathy U! 🙂

    • Thank you Kathy, I am glad this helped you in some way!
      Yes, you can easily apply this method on 24-color wheel, and you can google to find 24 color wheel, or amazon have a wonderful selections for color swatches and wheels.
      I do own few, and they defiantly comes in handy!!!

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