Complimentary Colors

2 Apr

The one thing I always notice about any room is whether the colors used are complimenting each other.  I went to school to study art so I can be really annoying about it.  I promise I wasn’t one of those emo I only wear black I’m such a cool hipster kind of art student.  My bestie and I instantly bonded because we didn’t take anything seriously.  Shout out Michelle!

Art Professor: So what exactly were you feeling when you were painting? 

Typical Art student: I was feeling the weight of the world crushing down on a woman’s spirit and dreams on her path to find freedom.  That is why I painted the rhino with fire coming out of his eyes eating a bleeding heart.

Me: Ummm………I painted the flowers because………..I like flowers.

Ok, back to what I was saying.  I think the best way to start decorating a room is picking the one color you can see yourself living around.  Then, pick a color on the opposite side of the color wheel to compliment it.

Here’s a  color wheel to show you what I’m talking about.

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Here’s a really great room that uses complimentary colors.  The orange compliments the blue because they are opposites on the color wheel.  Get it?  Easy, huh?

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Here’s another room that uses the same color scheme.  Subtle use of orange accents.

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Yellow is close to orange on the color wheel so this room still works.  Think warm vs. cool colors.  They always look great together.

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Let’s look at another pair of compliments: yellow and violet.

Here’s a room with killer violet couches and yellow accents.  Gorgeous.

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I’m dying of joy just looking at this room.  Beautiful art and a beautiful sofa too!  How dare you not be mine!

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Green and Red are not my favorite color combinations because it reminds me of a Christmas explosion.  That is my opinion.  Here’s a room that seems to have pulled this combo off though.  Not exactly my style, but still cute.

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This room does this color combo justice too.  Very classy and nice.

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I hope my advice helps you out the next time you want to change up your home decor.  Now I kind of feel like painting a room turquoise and throwing random orange things in it.  Hmmmm……..


3 Responses to “Complimentary Colors”

  1. Leyla April 3, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    Wow I’ve learned something!

  2. pinkandplum April 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    This makes me want to paint my apartment! I can’t wait until I have a house to paint. Great post!

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