Color can be a difficult thing to incorporate into the home, especially for those who are a little less bold with color choices. Those who get sick of color easily, or maybe the bachelor who needs something other than black leather or red and white in his home.
While there’s no real rule when dealing with the hues of the rainbow, there are some steadfast combinations that are tried and true. Complementary combos are a great choice for combining multiple colors in one space without having to go too crazy or think too far outside of the box. A complementary color is any color and its opposite on the color wheel.
These include colors such as green and red, orange and blue, yellow and violet. In your home, these mixes can be incorporated with furniture, wall color, accessories, art and so much more. The complements will play off of the intensity of the other, in turn making your space more lively and add depth to your favorite spaces. Read through our 5 quick tips on how to best make complementary color schemes work for you.
1. Mix Patterns. When playing with color complements, try to mix florals with a stripe or a chevron and ikat pattern with a great solid wall. Try to balance them out with a solid neutral and keep the colors on the lighter and softer side.
2. Stray away from standard tones. Sometimes colors such as red and green can be a little too reminiscent of particular holidays, sports teams, and even pairings in nature. Instead of thinking Christmas, go for a bright lime green and a rich orangey red.
3. Play up your neutrals. Though color complements are meant to break away from the sometimes bland and boring world of greys, taupes, whites and blacks– that doesn’t mean to do away with them completely. Try to incorporate color complements into the scheme that a room already has going on by adding an armchair and a rug in its color complement.
4. Go all out. In certain situations, bolder is better. fuchsia and chartreuse, blocked with an orange and minty blue are all complements in their own right, but its taken a step further in combining multiple complements from the color wheel.
5. Just a touch of color. Your room may already be colorful (in your eyes) but there might be a little bit of pizazz missing. Like the above photo, adding just two orange pillows to the scheme of things brings a whole new life to this sea-breezy light blue and neutral palette. By warming things up just a tad, the blues are instantly brighter and crisper.