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Decorating With Green
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Refreshing Ideas

April 2012


Decorating With Green

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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 green is red.

While green and red are wonderful complements, many decorators shy away from combining these colors. Their fear? That their rooms will look like Jolly Old Saint Nick himself helped with the decorating decisions! But before you completely scratch this pairing off your color wish list, set your sights on this understated and equally elegant entryway.

To ensure that you don't cross over into a traditional Christmas palette, we suggest substituting light greens in favor of darker shades. In this entryway, the evergreen and rich red drawers of the painted accent chest pop against the olive walls. If you went with true reds and greens, the effect would be too jarring and a little too reminiscent of the holidays!

It's always a good idea to add neutrals into the mix when working with red and green. This area rug for example, features a neutral background with hints of red and green running throughout, setting the stage for your complementary scheme. Beige accents, like this wall art and bench, also play well alongside the main colors and provide balance to your look. Think of them as easy-going friends who can mingle effortlessly with any crowd!

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