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Friendship Bracelet Color Ideas and Combinations

Here are some friendship bracelet color ideas and fun color combos that you can use on your next friendship bracelet project.

rainbow colors of embroidery thread used to make friendship bracelets

One of my favorite parts of making friendship bracelets is looking over my collection of embroidery floss and choosing the perfect color palette.

To learn more about How to Make Friendship Bracelets, be sure to read about How to Tie the 4 Basic Friendship Bracelet Knots.

When I’m thinking of color combo ideas for friendship bracelets, I try to have a good variety of color hues and tones (or brightness levels).

You can make a more dynamic color palette by including one dark color, one light color, and one saturated color in the mix.

If you have too many strings of the same brightness – whether that means all darks or all pastels – it will be hard to tell them apart. Your pattern can get lost or muddy if you put two colors that are too similar next to each other.

Check out these awesome beginner patterns and these fun advanced patterns for even more friendship bracelet inspiration!

Tips for Choosing Color Combinations

Here are some color scheme concepts from art theory that you can apply to your friendship bracelets:

  • Analogous colors: Choose three or more colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel.
  • Complementary colors: Use colors that lie opposite of each other on the color wheel.
  • Monochromatic colors: Choose shades within the same hue or color family.
  • Triadic colors: Choose three colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. You can use this scheme to create high contrast.

Friendship Bracelet Color Ideas

neon color combo idea for friendship bracelets

Bright Primary Colors. One of my favorite ways to create an exciting color scheme is to choose three analogous colors, plus the complement of the middle analogous color.

bright jewel tone color scheme for friendship bracelet

Saturated Jewel Tones. It might be a good idea to mix these more saturated colors with lighter pastels for a more balanced color palette.

ombre color scheme for vsco bracelets

Ombre Colors. This is a good example of an analogous color scheme.

pastel color combos for friendship bracelets

Soft Pastels. Since the colors are on the lighter side, this bracelet would be subtle and have lower contrast.

Color Scheme Generator

My all-time favorite color palette tool is Coolors.co. You can make your own color palette from scratch, or explore trending color combinations.

Friendship Bracelet Color Meanings

Some people believe that colors have different meanings. That said, the same color may have very different associations among different cultures and time periods.

Color symbolism is subjective and changes over time. So, feel free to combine any colors you like!

Here are some common color meanings:

  • Red: passion, good luck, adventure
  • Orange: happiness, joy, excitement
  • Yellow: friendliness, optimism, creativity
  • Green: hope, nature, compassion
  • Blue: peace, inspiration, loyalty
  • Purple: friendship, sophistication, luxury
  • Pink: affection, love, kindness
  • Black: energy, power, confidence
  • Brown: stability, comfort, reliability
  • White: kindness, truth, clarity

Friendship Bracelet Colors for Guys

Some people might say that bracelets for boys should be limited to blue, green, and dark colors. I say, don’t limit your color palette!

You can make friendship bracelets for boys in any color and style that they would like. There are no specific “colors for boys”, just like there are no “colors for girls”.

Choose a color combination that he would enjoy wearing and that you would enjoy making!

What’s Next?

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