Last updated on May 5th, 2017 at 02:11 pm
Regardless of your interior design scheme, color is a universally important element. Choosing a color palette shouldn’t be intimidating but a fun reflection of the mood you want to set. Complementary colors, with their dynamic opposition, can help create an interior that’s vibrant and rich with visual depth. Here are a few ways to incorporate complementary colors as a way to brighten your space and showcase your home décor.
Take advantage of the energy complementary colors create by applying them as wall color. The first step is to examine your space. Ask yourself whether you want to complementary colors to accent or absorb your space. If it’s accent you’re looking for, find a favorite piece of artwork that features a specific complement, like purple. Then select a yellow of similar intensity and apply it as wall color. For a slightly bolder approach, consider dressing up your walls with complementary stripes. To avoid creating a chaotic, overwhelming space, it’s important to choose muted shades. For instance, pale lavender and creamy light yellow would make ideal choices for complementary stripes.
Bring a lively appeal to furniture pieces with a little help from complementary colors. Upholstery is an easy place to do this, and you can find fabrics in every color of the rainbow. For example, in a seating area, two over-sized burnt orange ottomans would pair beautifully with a rich navy blue velvet sofa. Paint is another excellent option to consider. To create an immediate focal point, dress up an old table and chair set with a fresh coat of complementary color. For an effect that’s cheerfully harmonious, consider a soothing lime green for the table, paired with coral colored chairs.
If your house already has a predominant color scheme, complementary hued accessories are a wonderful way to bring an essence of eye-catching pizazz. Bring visual interest to shelves and tabletops with a collection of complementary colored picture frames. For a bright tropical feel, try combining turquoise and clementine orange. Or, for a more muted approach, consider using an elegant blend of plum and gold. Similarly, throws and pillows lend themselves wonderfully to dressing up a combination of lackluster seating and bedding. Breathe a regal essence into a traditional white duvet with over-sized pillows clad in rich shades of ruby and emerald. Or, bring new life to a well-worn beige sofa with a cobalt blue blanket and overstuffed pumpkin-colored throw pillows.