Color Theory 101: Complementary Colors

Posted by: Rebecca Atwood

 Now that you have a basic idea of the color wheel as well as key color terms, we’re going to take a deeper dive and explore complementary colors.

Complementary colors are colors that are opposite from one another on the color wheel – for example: red and green, blue and orange, purple and yellow. They have the highest level of contrast from one another, which enlivens the pairings.  Often we think of the word complimentary as describing something that looks good together – but here complementary takes on a different meaning. 

Complementary colors accentuate one another through contrast. Sometimes the combination can be so bold it almost vibrates with intensity.

A very strong purple and yellow or blue and orange could be a tough color palette to bring into your home, but you can still take play with complementary colors to bring unique combinations into your home. Why not consider one of the following?

Butter yellow, lilac, stone gray and blue-gray

Mint green, blush, deep sand, muted jade and a hint of tangerine

Terracotta, navy, cobalt and nude

Playing with complementary colors can create many interesting color palettes, and from there you can explore much more.

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