Complementary Colors Add Energy To A Room

4 Nov

Complementary colors add energy to a room and, at the same time, make us feel complete.

Last week, we talked about the moods that can be evoked with the use of color in your home. This week, we will take a look at different ways to incorporate complementary colors into your decor to help everyone feel more at home!

We’ve always heard that opposites attract, and nothing could be more true about interior decorating colors. Using opposite colors (also known as complementary colors) adds energy to a room, yet at the same time, makes us feel comfortable and calm.CompColors

For some reason, colors that are opposite on the color wheel look fabulous when they’re used together. We even see these complementary color duos in nature: golden sand next to the blue sky and sea, vibrant red roses with bright green leaves, and petite pansies with violet and yellow petals.

You can decorate without thinking about complementary colors, and the result will be just fine, but adding a small touch of complementary colors to a neutral scheme will add passion and interest. You can start with interior elements that don’t require a huge risk: one painted wall, sofa pillows, throws, flower arrangements or upholstered chair pads. Then ratchet up your color scheme with larger items like upholstery fabrics, rugs and window fashions.CompColors3

You don’t have to use colors that are exactly across the color wheel to get the advantage of this dynamic duo, or go with the boldest of these hues. Think about softer tones that are “almost opposites” like:
• Sky blue and terra cotta
• Pastel pink and acid green
• Burnt orange and sage green
• Soft aqua blue and tomato red
• The lightest butter yellow with deep purple

Try using complementary colors to complete your home design. You’ll find that opposites do attract!

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