COMPLEMENTARY COLORS – The Art Experts

“Complementary colors, when used in a color scheme, will emanate energy and optimism.”

Colors are very powerful tools to influence the way we feel: relaxed or unpleasant, or to set up the mood we are in: full of energy, or dreamy!

Using complementary colors for color schemes can be challenging, but nevertheless rewarding in the end!

They are perfect way to create a fresh, contemporary decor!

Decor with Complementary Color Schemes

Complimentary colors are the ones that lay opposite the color chart wheel. The name “complementary” comes from the fact the go together well, they “complement” each other.

Some examples of complimentary colors are: yellow and violet, red and green, orange and blue.
You can notice that one color is warm – yellow, orange, red, while the other is a cold color – violet, green, blue.

We find beautiful examples of complimentary colors in nature, or in our life. The two famous colors at Christmas time are green and red, a classic example of colors that complement each other!

Complementaries, as colors use for home decor, are strong together; they draw maximum attention so they might be harsh to the eyes; It would be better to choose one of them as a dominant, and the complement to be more subtle, and be used as an accent.
As an example, if you decide to use the complementary color scheme for your decor, and have red as the dominant color, use the green for accents; either a sofa, an armchair or a rug. Avoid using the hue, rather choose a light green.

Using these two colors: red and green at their maximum saturation, will make a strong statement.

Choose instead their tints and shades. You can see in the picture above, we didn’t use the exact hues. Balance the whole with golds or off white pieces.