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Making Contrasting Colours Work for You

It sounds scary but using contrasting colours in your interiors can work a treat. Sure it helps if you are an expert designer that can balance opposing hues with deft touch, but with a few basic pointers you too can add a splash of colour to your home.

Orange and Blue
A nice deep grey blue and punchy orange can be vibrant and modern combination to use. You can balance the two in equal quantities or make the orange more of an accent colour to give some pop to a space that predominantly blue and white. Add some black to the blue to give more of a charcoal effect and lessen the contrast to the orange. A good start when deciding on the exact shades is to have a look at the colours of the local environment – think basalt rocks, or the deep blue of the ocean, the bark of nearby trees or the sand of the beach.

Purple and Yellow
Ok so this is a harder combo to get right as either colour used on its own tends to dominate. Together however, these to a match made in contrasting heaven. Think about painting a wall a dark shade of purple and then using yellow as accent colour through soft furnishings or painted chairs. Or you could go the other way if you are brave enough and paint walls canary yellow and then add purple in small doses through vases, paintings or the like.

Red and Green
Yes, the combo of green and red sparks Christmas ideas in most peoples heads, but believe it or not, these two colours can actually be made to play nicely with one another in a modern way. The key is to use the primary colours but then also tints of each to soften the look and avoid the santa’s Christmas grotto effect. Go for vibrant coral coloured walls and add tints of green through furniture and ornaments. I would generally avoid painting large areas of walls brighter shades of green as it can have more clinical, hospital like vibe, darker rich shades can be stunning however and give a real opulent feeling to a room.