How to choose correct color combinations?

A quick excerpt from our FAQ, as it's quite relevant:

 

Why do you not show the color combinations available for your products? We currently offer an assortment of colors and options that allow close to a quarter of a million different color combinations for each product (not including exotic options!) Pictures of all combinations are somewhat futile, especially considering the limited production that sustain, given the methods we use. That being said, there are ways that nearly guarantee that your order turns out well. But we should first assure you that all of the photos and swatches on this site were taken on the same day, in the same lighting conditions, under daylight-balanced lighting.

 

Rules of thumb for choosing colors, in our experience isn't nearly as difficult as it may seem. Let's dive into some easy things to keep in mind when choosing the best color combination for your custom piece. In fact, most people fret over the colors of their pieces for far too long before they purchase. Most color 'families' will generally work well with other color families (see first bullet.) The purpose of this page is to help you identify things that will probably work, and things that won't, so you can get on with it. 

Do's:

  • Use complimentary colors: almost all blues will look good with oranges, etc. This tool really helps you get a good idea of what works well together. Complimentary colors (opposite sides of the color wheel) and monochrome work best. Don't get too specific with it. Remember that color isn't an exact science when working with natural materials. 
  • The power of monotone: many browns look good together, and it's often difficult to make two browns look bad together. You may know this to be true from practical experience. 
    • Differing shades of the same color will often look very nice together. Attempting to achieve a 'perfect match' is okay, but it's not very important. Often, even small differentiation in shade between the interior and exterior of a piece looks better than perfect matches.
  • Use the 'pick two of the three' mentality when choosing from triads. This gets you combinations like deep red and dark navy. You can almost always replicate these effects with the color options we offer.
  • Use strong colors on the interior of black/brown/grey wallets: we've yet to see this go wrong.
  • White stitching goes well with almost everything.
  • Beige stitching is beautiful on dark brown items.
  • Stitching that matches the exterior is always the most sophisticated look. 
  • Stitching that matches the interior is always a bit more playful looking.

Dont's:

  • Don't use an actual triad of 3 different colors in your order, if you can help it. It's quite difficult to get all three colors to work well together (especially if one of the colors is only in the thread.)
  • Don't pick a non-matching, bright color of thread if the rest of your wallet is brightly colored. (Unless you know what you're doing.) Sometimes this will look okay, but usually it doesn't.
  • Don't pick the interior color first. This sounds silly, but many people have an interior color in their head that they filter the exterior colors through. It should be the other way around. If you truly can't find an interior color that looks good with what you chose as the exterior, please contact us. We'd be happy to find one that's to your liking.

As a last resort, all of our products include a 'notes' section, where you may express your concern for colors chosen. If your uncertainty is expressed, we make the point to contact you for a brief consultation or recommendation.