When Opposites Attract
Posted May 24th, 2012 | by The Update
From House Beautiful: Need to perk up the palette of your home with colorful design and decorating ideas? Opposite colors are key to creating stunning, dramatic rooms. “Good color schemes always have complementary colors to keep them from being too obvious,” says designer Tom Scheerer. Look to the color wheel when picking the perfect shade: Pair purple with yellow, blue with orange, and red with green. These combinations — while not for the color-shy — are guaranteed to really show off a space.
Low-commitment accessories are the perfect way to try out opposite colors. “You should always use color in a way that gives you flexibility in the future,” advises designer Melissa Warner. In the living room of her West Hollywood rental apartment, she chose orange wool pillows by Judy Ross to perk up a blue vintage sofa reupholstered inYoma‘s Savanna velvet.
In the living room in Richard Norris and Mark Leslie’s Alabama home, green-painted screens by artist David Braly mimic the garden outside. They also create plenty of visual drama when paired with the vibrant red sofa and ottoman by Bobby McAlpine.
Designer Allison Paladino created an oceanfront Palm Beach house that’s colorful, happy, and full of energy. In the daughter’s bedroom, a crosshatched paint finish softens the strong raspberry walls and a lush green ottoman saddles up against the foot of the bed. Limiting the palette to reds, greens, and tans, she cautions, “I think you shouldn’t use too many colors when you’re working with bold shades.”
Click here to see the full list of color ideas on House Beautiful.