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Gerardo G.
08-08-2019, 12:39 PM

Can you please help me decide the best color for the shadow box?

This is what I'll place inside:


This is the type of shadow box I'll be making:


Just like the one in the picture, the corners will be white, but what color should I use for the rest of the shadow box (the sides and back)?

It's for a friend's new apartment. She has zero decoration and her walls are white.

These are the colors I can choose from. Can you please propose more than one option? The shop might have ran out of a particular color.


Thank you in advance :).

08-08-2019, 03:53 PM
Since your object you are placing inside is mostly olive green, I'd choose a warm color such as red or red orange as its complement.

Gerardo G.
08-09-2019, 08:20 AM
Thank you KreativeK. My friend thought about "cooper mate" or "melon mate" from the options I showed, but she says she's unsure because she doesn't know about color theory. What do you think?

08-09-2019, 09:02 AM
try converting photo to greyscale to see how the value contrast is.

often a value study can help determine how well the COI is emphasized

Gerardo G.
08-09-2019, 09:18 AM
Can you please explain that birdhs? I don't understand :confused:. Also, which of the photos do you suggest that I turn to greyscale?

08-15-2019, 11:02 PM
Photograph it on a white, a midtone grey and a black background. See which makes it stand out most effectively in terms of value. Then choose a colour in that value range. (value is dark to light)

I would recommend choosing a relatively neutral colour so that your piece stands out against it. (i.e. choose a dusty rose or a reddish grey over a pink or red)

In terms of hue, you will probably want to choose one of these:
- a reddish tone (compliment to green)
- a gold tone to match the gold side of your piece
- a white/grey/black

Hope you find the perfect framing colour!

Gerardo G.
08-18-2019, 05:04 PM
I see. I didn't know that technique. Thank you for your help Eraethil :).

08-18-2019, 05:11 PM
The same color as inside would be nice.