Opposites attract: attention, that is, in the case of home decorating. Complementary colors on the color wheel are the ones opposite each other: blue/orange; red/green; purple/yellow.
While complementary colors can make for exciting combinations when paired up, they can also be garish when their saturated tones are used together. Here are some basic rules:
- Stay away from using pure tones of each together. For example, the colors below are complementary colors in saturated tones. Watch them vibrate! Not too pleasant.
- Use tints (color + white) and see how much better these colors do complement each other.
- Use a shade of one color (color + black) paired with a tint of the other complementary color.
- Use them in small bursts as accent colors in a room with neutrals like gray, white, taupe, etc.
Check out our Pinterest board on complementary colors to see real-life examples of effective use of these opposites. Please leave comments or questions below.