There’s something about the blue and orange tandem that makes it effective. (It’s actually one of the reasons I reverted to my current blog layout/theme because I’m forever crushing on it. Heehee.) It is no wonder that the often unnoticed (though obvious) heavy use of these colors on film-related materials (posters, etc.) is a classic practice. Take for example the following:
Orange/blue just so happens to be the most common set of complementary colors because blue is “cool” and orange is “enthusiastic” and “energetic.” – Slashfilm.com
With due respect to the study of contrast, I have another theory though. That once upon a time, a primitive appreciated the harmony and beauty of the nature:
Sunrise on 24 January 2010. Taken steps away from where I live.
There’s something more than fascinating about sunrise and sunset, isn’t it? The sight of these is the very basis of effectiveness of the tandem of blue and orange. When I had a 1-minute peak-a-boo with sunset, the hues adjusted accordingly.
PS. Even Mozilla Firefox adopted the tandem.