Tetradic Colors

Tetradic colors on the color wheel
Tetradic Colors on the color wheel

Tetradic colors are those that form a rectangle on the color wheel, and are also sometimes called rectangular colors.

In a tetradic color set there are two complementary color pairs rotated 60 degrees from each other. Not a description that does well with words so take a look at the image to the right. It makes more sense visually.

Because tetradic colors are made up of complements it tends to be a very vibrant, although possibly jarring, color scheme. Care needs to be taken when using this scheme and it is best if one of the colors is dominant to the others.