How to Coordinate Colors With Salmon & Cobalt Blue

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How to Coordinate Colors With Salmon & Cobalt Blue
Salmon flesh is orange. (salmon image by Warren Rosenberg from

Coordinating both cobalt blue and salmon colours can be done, carefully, because blue and orange are complementary colours on the colour wheel. Unfortunately, because both cobalt and salmon are such bright colours, not everyone looks fantastic wearing them together. Even if you don't have the skin tone of your dreams, though, you can try this combination out by choosing one colour and accenting with the other.

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  1. 1

    Try on some cobalt blue and salmon coloured clothes to see which colour looks better on you. If you have very dark, warm-toned skin, you probably look good in salmon. If you have pale, cool-toned skin, you might look better in cobalt.

  2. 2

    Choose one dress, sweater or top in the colour that looks best on you. Don't choose something in a pattern with other colours if you're not sure they will fit in with the salmon and cobalt scheme you're assembling. For example, don't pick a cobalt blue dress with dark red details on it. Look for a solid-coloured garment.

  3. 3

    Match your top with black or white trousers or a skirt. You don't want to add another colour to your already colourful ensemble, and saturated shades of cobalt and salmon don't look good with other neutral colours like brown. Black and white are your safest bets.

  4. 4

    Buy accessories, such as earrings, shoes or a bracelet, in the other colour. For example, if you bought a cobalt sweater, buy salmon earrings. If you bought salmon dress, buy a cobalt belt. By adding small accents of the complementary colour, you won't end up looking so colourful that you look clownish.

  5. 5

    Buy a handbag in the complementary colour, alternately, if you know that it doesn't look good with your skin tone. For example, if you have a cobalt dress and you know salmon looks bad on you but you like the colour, but a salmon-coloured purse.

Tips and warnings

  • These tips also apply to interior decor. Choose one colour to paint your room, add neutral furniture and accent with the other colour.

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