Opposite Colors Create Drama
Violet and yellow, red and green, orange and blue -- colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel elicit a dramatic and energetic room decor.
These are called complementary colors, and they draw from warm and cool sides of the wheel, intensifying one another. The drama of these duos makes an exciting combination. Dining rooms, kitchens, playrooms, and party rooms are excellent candidates for complementary schemes.
Still not sure how to construct a complementary scheme? Let professional colorists do the work for you: look for fabrics, patterns, and wallpapers that already include opposite colors.
Remember too that you needn't use the brightest colors for a complementary scheme. For example, though red and green are complements, so are lighter shades of medium pink and sage, rose and hunter, pastel pink and apple green.
Consult a color wheel if you're unsure of a color's complement. You can get one at an art or paint store for reference.
- Let one color take center stage. Use the complementary color as a counterpoint. Don't allow it to compete with your central color.
- Bring in the complementary color through fabric, accessories, or a painted molding -- even a bowl of fruit.
- Choose hues of your complements that offer the same intensity of color. For example, deep red with hunter green (both dark) or pale pink with seafoam green (both light).
- Toss in a sprinkling of white, black, or taupe as a visual resting place for the dramatic play of energy created by complementary schemes.