Just like we use some green on red (not all cases, depends on saturation and lightness) as shown in last image, which looks not very common & attractive when it comes to illustrations for social media, is there anything such problem with this design?

I designed this for Mother's Day. Now, the design looks okay to me. There's MOM written on flower, and the Mother and Child part on the right.

I tried purple and green, pink and green, but something, especially the colors look bad to me. Either the combination of green and pink is not working or something else, I'm not sure.

Is there some blunder here in terms of color?

enter image description hereenter image description here enter image description here

  • The colors look fine to me but I didn't notice the mom or Mom with child until you mentioned it because they're very subtle May 12, 2019 at 1:16
  • 2
    I down voted. The opinions about the specific use of color in a specific piece of art are not only completely opinion based, but also completely unhelpful to any future visitor. It is just a bad question from my perspective. -- However, I don't find the coloring bad in either of your samples... but again.. that's my opinion. My down votes are not personal, they are entirely based upon either the effort put into a question or how helpful the question would be to anyone else. No one else will benefit from the opinionated answers here.
    – Scott
    May 12, 2019 at 12:52
  • 3
    How would you choose a "correct" answer here??? You could only choose an opinion which aligns with your opinion. So all answers are complete guesses, or random shots to come to an opinion you like. Nothing is based in fact.
    – Scott
    May 12, 2019 at 12:56
  • 1
    I think your update is even worse. Who says using green on red looks ugly? I think your question is based more on your own personal likes/dislikes.
    – Billy Kerr
    May 13, 2019 at 11:09
  • 1
    I don't think you should delete it since you already have some answers. I've removed my downvote now, since I see you at least have made an effort to fix it. Just be aware that question about choice of colour can be very subjective, and subjective questions tend to generate opinions rather than facts.
    – Billy Kerr
    May 13, 2019 at 15:45

3 Answers 3


The choice of colors is very subjective, and therefore little information can be added. In particular, the colors chosen are very architectural, although speaking of color perception, pages can be filled.

The problem in the illustration is not the color choice but the contrast and color areas proportions.

By decomposing the image colors, there are three hues and five tonal values: Colors 1

It's easier to see it in grayscale:


A dominant color for each example, a subordinate and an accent:

colors 3

After a little analysis there are some aspects to highlight:

  • The most relevant color after the flowers is the leaves green, where, according to the explanation of the question, the eye should not stop, and is where it's headed first. The green leaves eat the whole illustration.
  • The illustration is playing with a complementary combination: magenta and red-pink are complementary colors of green and blue-green. A combination of complementary colors is normally used to attract attention due to the optical effect that it produces in the vision. Any secondary or second reading element will go completely unnoticed.

enter image description here

  • My proposal would be, keeping the same colors, modify the contrast and change the color areas proportions:

    • Raise the secondary elements (the leaves) tonal value (make them lighter)

    • Increase the area occupied by the second reading elements, as they timidly appear in this answer

  • Thanks. Is there any book where I can read about these 3 types of colors?
    – Vikas
    May 14, 2019 at 2:19
  • 1
    I have none in mind, any color theory book. This answer can help.
    – user120647
    May 14, 2019 at 5:06

Subjective opinion: No problem with colors, but recolor MOM to make it visible. It can have the background color, even a little lighter, add grained glows to blend it:

enter image description here

The screenshot can be too detoriated. Check it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/e7eq9tmxxp1l6hb/MOM.psd?dl=0


Actually writing MOM on flower was little bad design (would need a lot more effort to fix it). I realized this after reading few comments here.

And the problem which I saw was little more saturation in purple color, grains, pink grains. So here's how I fixed it. It looks better to me now:

enter image description here

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.