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Home :: Design Center :: Articles :: Design :: Decorating With Blue :: Complementary
Decorating With Blue
was featured in
Fresh Start

January 2012

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Decorating With Blue

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Opposites attract as proven by this scheme which pairs two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. These colors complement each other, adding interest and energy to a room. Looking at the color wheel you can see that the complement of blue is orange.

The living room is often the first place you go when you want to lounge, which means it's just begging for a welcoming color scheme. And while you might think combining blue with its complement orange will incite some worried whispers, it can be done tastefully as this beautiful living room demonstrates!

In their purest forms, blue and orange are both intense colors that compete for attention. So to counterbalance their bold personalities, try working with the lighter tints on the inner tiers of the color wheel, ensuring that you stay within the same row for each color so they share intensity levels.

Start by painting your walls a barely there blue to give you a hint of color that feels pleasing to the eye. Now onto orange! After the walls, an area rug takes up the most visual real estate, so opt for one with muted shades of orange and blue equally represented to achieve balance. As for your furniture, look for upholstered pieces that tie in with your rug and tie back to the main color scheme. Even the dark wood entertainment wall gives off orange undertones. Pillows, wall art and window treatments should feature more saturated shades (think teal and tangerine) – this will give you the punches of color you're looking for without overwhelming the eye.

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