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Complementary Colour Schemes to Include in Your Home Design

Published On: Jul 13, 2023

There was a time, not so long ago, when television was black and white. As beautiful and classic as it was, it left something to be desired. You see, there’s a peculiar way in which colour can encapsulate reality, create interest and alter perception that is unmatched by a standard B&W.

Today, the world has embraced colour and then some. It inspires attentiveness and emotional engagement. Incorporating it into the world, we have used it as a symbol of innovation, progress and modernity. So it isn’t really a revelation that it plays a crucial role in home design as well. It brings forth the ability to evoke emotion, set moods and create visual interest.

Complementary colours are a great addition for unique home designs and can elevate the energy in your house. Here are some complementary colour scheme ideas to inspire your vision.

1. Warm Cozy Red and Natural Soothing Green

Warm Cozy Red and Natural Soothing Green

A very obvious complementary colour combination is Red and Green. Where red is like a warm tingle or blazing heat, green is complementary in its refreshing grassy smoothness. Red as a colour invokes intensity and power. Paired with a colour like Green'often associated with a sense of peace and renewal'the combination brings out the best of both and strikes a balance.

Red and green are complementary colours and are both very bold. So, it is advised that you balance the intensity by opting for some muted shades. For example in the accompanying picture, red as the dominating colour is paired with white as a neutral addition that helps make a more appealing look. Muted green throw pillows, a singular lampshade and white vases bring the room together, maintaining harmony.

2. Yellow and Purple/ Dark Purple and Gold

Yellow and Purple/ Dark Purple and Gold

The complementary colour of yellow is purple. This complementary colour combination is very common as the colours just work so well together. They create a visually striking harmony due to the contrast between warm and cool tones. Yellow is bright, approachable, and sunlight-friendly, while purple is relatively richer, creative and luxurious symbolically.

Historically rooted with royalty and power, purple-accented walls and statement yellow couches need little to no addition to illustrate contemporary sophistication. Incorporating this complementary colour combination is very simple yet reminiscent of regal imagery for those of you who strive for the elegant and sophisticated in place of the modern.

3. Blue and Orange

Blue and Orange

Another combination that follows by the colour wheel is blue and Orange. Where orange is described as a warm and vibrant colour, blue is a cool and calming one. Intelligently used, they can bring an elegant touch to your home design. Blue feels like taking a bite of refreshing blueberries and cooling mint while orange tastes of the tanginess of biting into a ripe orange.

As a complementary colour of blue, the blue and orange combination flows. Using blue accents around the bedroom with tangerine-toned bedsheets and backdrops helps create a dynamic, lively energy around the room.

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4. Pink and Green

Pink and Green

Pink and Green are analogous colours as they are located next to each other on the colour wheel so they easily go together because they share similar undertones. Their warm undertones create a sense of cohesion and unity. So, if one were to simply go by what goes well together, green can easily be a complementary colour or pink. The soft and delicate nature of pink complements the fresh and vibrant quality of green.

Dominant green tranquil walls with cotton-candy pink appear pleasing to the eye and make up a refreshing combination of colours for a bedroom that exudes love, affection and comfort.

5. Orange and brown

Orange and brown

Orange and Brown are also a pair of analogous colours and so they pair very well together. Together they evoke a sense of comfort and a cosy ambience. Hence the combination goes very well with living room designs and bedrooms. As the combination evokes a sense of warmth, relaxation and homeliness, it forms a popular choice for rustic, autumnal or earth-toned design schemes.

As a complementary colour of orange, brown-toned furniture with accented orange pillows and cushions makes for a very pleasing combination paired with neutral walls.

6. Royal Blue and Gold

Royal Blue and Gold

The combination of Blue and Gold works wonderfully well in combination with decor and is a prominent choice for those who have a taste for the fancy and regal. A Royal Blue contrasted with Gold that is rich in its luxurious metallic hue, makes for grandeur and noble pursuits. As a combination, it has long been associated with opulence and luxury.

Statement velvet blue couches paired with vibrant gold wall decorations and tables elevate a simple living room to a royal court.

7. Neutral and Pop of Colour

Neutral and Pop of Colour

Neutral colours work great in combination with other colours as it gives the room a pop of colour that keeps things exciting from the moment you set your eyes on them. This combination works well for people who don't want to be overwhelmed by colour. You can experiment with any complementary colour with accents like red, orange, blue, green and more creating a striking design that does not overwhelm you either.

Beige, Grey, Taupe and more paired with insistent combinations can help create a focal point in a room or help accentuate classic added furniture as well.

8. Blue and Beige

Blue and Beige

Sea Blue and Beige is a versatile combination that goes well in design styles and themes as it can be incorporated into both modern and traditional interiors. Additionally, the colours can serve as a natural base that allows for the inclusion of other combinations as well.

Soft and soothing bedsheet themes in a backdrop of beige sandy walls make for a brilliantly welcoming bedroom design. Coastal landscapes and sandy beaches, memories of childhood trips and family vacations; Sea blue and beige exudes contentment.

9. Black and White

Black and White

Something about black is just so classic, so elegant and so high-class, it’s just a solid colour on its own. Pair it with other combinations and you achieve perfection. You just can not go wrong with black. It is timeless. A black-and-white combination takes you right back to the bold brilliance of the past.

Patterned modern walls with versatile black furniture elevate the whole atmosphere to a poh brilliance. A contrast that is so perfectly balanced that one can't help but be impressed.

Colour It Up Already!

It's hard to imagine a world without colours'they add a world of substance to our imagination, perception, and ultimately our experience. Colours can be interpreted, re-imagined and perceived in different ways. Go ahead and take your pick from the aforementioned complementary colour combinations, or try to make a new one and our dedicated team at Interior Company would love to help you out.

So much has been done, so much more can still follow. Colours are marvellous offerings we get to surround ourselves with, so try your hand and experiment away! You'll thank us for it!

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    What is a double complementary colour scheme?

    A double complementary colour scheme is one where you combine four colours essentially, two pairs of complementary colours are taken together and a new mega combination, so to say, is formed. It is advised to use a very insistent dark hue and a very dull one for any group you make as that helps make an exciting complementary harmony when implemented in design.

    How do you know which two colours are complementary?

    Ideally, the two colours that come opposite to one another on the colour wheel are called complementary colours. Fun Fact: when two complementary colours are mixed they will usually form a black or brown colour. If they end up making a green colour then they are not complementary colours.

    What is the complementary colour of maroon?

    The sophisticated counterpart to Red, Maroon’s complementary colour is Teal on the colour wheel. It also goes well with grey, white and gold and represents passion and warmth.

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