Complementary colour scheme - opposites attract

Sooner or later we find ourselves in the situation when we need to decorate our living or working area. Whether it comes to simple cleaning or general renovation, we have to choose one or more colours that will adorn our space.
Although not all of us are talented for interior design, there are information which will come in handy to everybody in this situation.
When we are deciding about the dominant colour scheme in a room, we always start from the ambience we wish to create. Colour combinations and their features can help us do this more than anything else.

In the story about colours and their combinations everything begins from the wheel with 12 colours - 3 primary, 3 secondary and 6 tertiary colours. Colours of the spectrum can be warm, cool, dark and light. There are no neutral colours in the wheel such as white, black, grey, beige and brown. The colours in the wheel have various relationships and different colour schemes have been created on this basis.
One of the simple schemes is the complementary or contrast colour scheme. In accordance with this principle two colours which are opposite each other on the colour wheel are combined in a space.
These two colours are in natural harmony, so they complement and highlight each other, such as red and green, yellow and purple, blue and orange.

Use dynamics of contract in your inerior

The result obtained by combination of two contrasting colours can be very interesting. In this way we actually combine warm and cool shades, by which extreme liveliness and dynamics in a space is achieved. Still, we should use them in smaller amounts and, depending on the desired effect, use one colour as the dominant and the other for accent. Cool and less intense colour is most often used for the background and pure, warm colour for details. By using complementary colours you can more easily attract attention and highlight a particular segment or detail in interior decoration.

If you use both colours in pure shade, this scheme is highly vibrant, almost “screaming” from your walls and can create the feeling of unease. For example, by combining red and green you create the intense atmosphere, such as the one of New Year holidays which never end.

Due to its intensity, interior designers always decide to combine muted shades that create a much more pleasant environment. There is an infinite number of various mixtures of shades and tones by adding black or white colours to them.

A less pronounced contrast can be achieved by using split-complimentary colour scheme. It uses one basic and two (analogous) colours opposite it. By this scheme the visual balance and harmonious environment are more easily achieved and the neutrality soothes the space. Complimentary colour scheme is applicable to any space, especially to children’s, living and dining rooms. Contrasting colours complement in space but when mixed they neutralise each other. Mixture of any two complementary shades is neutral. Infinite number of complimentary colour combinations may seem confusing, especially for those who are can’t make up their mind. This means that you have an infinite number of possibilities to make a mistake as well. In this case the safest solution is the team of experts with tried, good quality materials and colours. What is yours is just to enjoy the colours of your home or work environment.

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