3 Best Tie Dye Color Combos

Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned pro, one of the great things about tie dyeing is that there are no limits in terms of what you can create. From popular tie dye color combos in swirl patterns to unique pairings in one-of-a-kind designs, it is amazing just how many things you can create with bulk wholesale t-shirts, fabric dye, rubber bands, and a bit of creativity. 

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As boredom ramped up during the early months of COVID restrictions, creativity surged. And, with tie dye making a big comeback in the fashion world, it is no surprise that lots of people have been using their newly found free time to make unique t-shirts, hoodies, tapestries, and more. 

If you are finding that your creations are looking more like Pinterest fails than vibrant masterpieces, though, you may not be combining the right colors. Before you dive into your next project, check out this guide to the best tie dye color combos. 

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Single Colors

If you are a complete tie dye newbie, doing a few single-color designs is a great place to start. Instead of trying to figure out which colors look good together, you just need to add one color to the fabric. Despite what you may think, the results will be more chic than boring. 

For this method, you can simply tie a white shirt and add a single color of dye. Or you can use a single color of dye on a pastel shirt instead of white. Using magenta dye on a pastel pink tee, for example, would yield stunning results! Another option is using multiple shades of the same color –  e.g., light blue, medium blue, and dark blue. This is a great way to experiment with how tie dyeing works without the risk of creating muddy brown colors. 

Two Colors

When you are ready to step up your game, try making tie dye shirts with two colors. Remember, though, that when placed next to each other, they will mix slightly. For this reason, you need to be mindful of what colors you use. 

To create attractive two-color designs, you can use either two primary colors or one primary color plus one secondary color. Options for two primary colors include: 

  • Red + Yellow (Creates Orange)
  • Red + Blue (Creates Purple)
  • Blue + Yellow (Creates Green)

To combine a primary and secondary color, try: 

  • Red + Purple (Creates Burgundy)
  • Blue + Pink (Creates Purple)
  • Green + Yellow (Creates Bright Green)

There are also a few color combos to avoid: 

  • Blue + Orange
  • Yellow + Purple
  • Red + Green

These combinations create brown, which generally is not a color you want to make when doing tie dye. Though there’s no accounting for tastes, so try out a few and see how they sell.


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Is there a more quintessential tie dye combo than a rainbow? We don’t think so! Whether you make your rainbow neon, pastel, or something in between, it is hard to go wrong with this color scheme. 

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One thing to keep in mind, though, is that you will get the best results if you apply the colors in the same order as a real rainbow. Making sure your colors are arranged in the proper order –  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet – means you do not have to worry about two colors that clash being next to each other.  

Tie Dye Tips

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If you want to create bright, vibrant designs, working with fabric made from natural fibers is best. Natural fibers – especially cotton – readily absorb color and yield impressive results. Damp fabric absorbs color better than dry fabric, too, so make sure your shirt or any other item is damp before folding and tying. 

Choose dyes that are appropriate for your project. This is especially important if you are dying something that is not made from natural fiber. Special dyes may be needed to dye polyester and other synthetic fabrics. It is always a good idea to test your dye colors, too. Squeezing a bit out on a paper towel will give you a better feel for what the color looks like and how vibrant it is. Remember, though, that the color will always be a bit less intense after rinsing. 

Last, make sure you know how to wash a tie dye shirt. This is a vital step in ensuring that your creations will withstand the test of time! 

At The Adair Group, we have blank white t-shirts that are perfect for tie dye. We also stock premade tie dyed shirts for anyone who wants to embrace the trend without getting their hands dirty. Shop our full collection today! 

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