Opposites Attract: The Complementary Color Combos
to find a balance. Steely blue and punchy orange are the most dynamic and, one could say, the contemporary complementary color pairs. When used in the same parts, as in this bedroom, the effect of the two together, can be relatively reassuring, since neither color dominates.
A safer method of successfully combining complementary colors is the use of muted variations of the pure tones. For example, if it seems a bit of a struggle, if you try this at home, choose a primary that is lighter (light blue), darker (Prussian blue) or duskier (denim blue). They are all still blue, but each is a derivative of the primary color, achieved by adding a neutral, ie, white, black or gray – a color, dye or stain. Adding white creates a hue (eg light blue), adding black creates a shadow (like Prussian blue) and adding gray produces a tone (like denim blue).
Slim on the local color. Add a little black color and you’ll get a shade, that’s why the outside of this house looks more stormy charcoal than cheerful blue. However, it is far from boring when working out an eye-catching orange – the shady blue intensifies the interior of the citrus-colored wall feature and the effect, I think you’ll agree, is striking. Colors easily found in the local environment, such as the tones and shades of the sea (blue-green) and sand (yellow-orange), are ideally suited to this Bondi Beach home in Sydney, Australia.
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Add or subtract. Decorating a room with complementary colors can be pretty intimidating and, yes, you can go bad. However, there is a way to play it safely until you find more confidence in the right balance. One orange and one blue piece of furniture in a monochromatic scheme. The furniture can easily be moved to see what works, or you can take one of the pieces out, whether it’s a fight, though this is unlikely if you’re toning down your volume with a neutral color palette. Here, for example, you can see how a mushroom-wallpaper-and-cream-carpet-keep the liveliness of the peacock blue sofa and persimmon orange, ottoman in check.
Purple and yellow
Go for softness. These two opposites are the unequal pair of complementary colors because they are neither particularly easy to use on their own, let alone in partnership with others. But when purple and yellow come together, they make such beautiful music. Take this sweet-bedroom setting. The purple wall could direct the atmosphere into melancholy, if not for the sunny-yellow bedding that is on the dark four-poster bed.
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Color block for boldness. Complementary colors can be particularly dynamically combined when offered, in equal parts, as you play each other’s intensity. Here is a large purple cabinet unit surrounded by Canary yellow walls, creating just the right amount of vibrancy and energy from both colors.
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Playing with variations. It’s hard to think of red and green together without thinking of Christmas, but you can indeed work in a modern color palette. This is especially true when the two are here shades, tones and colors of the unadulterated shapes. In this bedroom, a beautiful jewel box-look was achieved because the green was offered, such as mint, olive and moss, and its opposite, the red, shows up as cherry, rouge and coral. The addition of a neutral in the form of the white headboard, bedspread and lampshade help break the concentration of so much red and green.
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Call with a neutral. Using color effectively can be one of the most powerful tools in interior design, especially if the designer is confident enough to create opposites in a room. However, to be effective, it must balance, and generally this is achieved by using a neutral color to moderate any potency. Here is the intensity of the red and green is broken by much white in the both the striped wallpaper and the bedding.
Tell us: would you like the use of complementary colors in the design and decoration of your home? What is your favorite complementary pair girl? Tell us in the comments section.
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