Seafoam is manufacturer-created name for a complex colour made from a combination of the primary colours blue and yellow, softened with a tinting of white. Seafoam green contains both warm and cool notes that are sometimes muted with a subtle grey or black tint, depending on the manufacturer. The delicate, watery colour works well with most neutrals and cool hues, but can clash with warmer shades.
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Varying shades of brown work well with seafoam green because of the warm, yellow notes in the colour. Make seafoam green the star of the colour palette of by pairing its subtle vibrancy with muted shades of chocolate brown and taupe. Take care to select browns without much yellow in their base shade, as they will counteract the blue notes in seafoam, making it appear too yellowish.
Whites and creams create a bright contrast as they reflect colour, allowing all the complexity of colours making up the seafoam green to shine through. Black also creates a pleasant, neutral backdrop; however the colour combination is reminiscent of a dated, 1980s colour palette. Take care pairing seafoam with grey as both are muted tones that can look bland together. Some greys also contain warm notes that will make the grey appear yellowish next to seafoam.
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As blue is one of the primary colours in seafoam green's make-up, the majority of blue hues can complement the colour. Deep teals work best as they are also made up of a mixture of yellow and blue, but with a deeper colour saturation than seafoam green. Use deep, rich blues, like sapphire and Prussian blue to highlight and reflect the cooler notes in seafoam. Shades of seafoam green that have a tint of black in their make-up can work with blue-grey shades, but make sure one is darker and more saturated in colour than the other or neither shade will pop out of the colour palette.
Steer clear of vibrant shades, such as royal blue, that have a yellowish cast to their colour, as they also tend to make seafoam look yellowed with age.
True green's complementary colour is the primary shade of red, so it's no surprise that shades of purple work with seafoam green, as they are essentially blue-tinted shades of red. Balance is the primary consideration when working with combinations of seafoam greens and violet shades, as the colour palette contains various mixtures of all three primary colours. Red, blue and yellow are mixed to create shades of brown, so its no surprise that unbalanced palettes of seafoam greens and shades of violets can turn muddy.
Stick with deep eggplant purples bordering on black with accents of a dusty violet. Steer away from any purple hues that lean closer to red-violet blends, such as magenta or fuchsia, as they will take on an orange cast next to seafoam green.
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