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Decorating With Orange-Red
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Tricks of the Trade

October 2012


Decorating With Orange-Red

Split Complementary

Split Complementary

Harmonious and interesting, split-complementary colors will give your room just enough contrast. To find the split complement of orange-red, look to the left and right of its complement, blue-green. In the case of orange-red, the split-complementary scheme would include blue and green.

There's something so serene about cool blue skies and green grass in contrast with orange-red. Since it's often one of the more prominent pairings seen in nature (think autumn leaves, flowers in springtime), try bringing in some of that natural beauty indoors and across seasons by experimenting with orange-red's split complements, blue and green.

Unless you're a real color risk taker, you probably aren't in the market for an orange-red sofa. And if you do find yourself being hesitant about this hue, selecting neutral seating and a muted area rug will help quell your concerns. Remember that orange-red evokes great energy, so now's your chance to play with a range of tints and shades on your walls—just think more in terms of burnt sienna than biohazard sign!

In a split-complementary setting starring orange-red, dark wood accent tables are a wise choice since orange-red and brown are such a natural pairing. These tables are traditional, but infusing more modern influences is as easy as swapping out your existing pillows for ones with enlarged patterns and an area rug in blue-and-green undertones. Then, look for other anchoring elements, like artwork, that remind you of the original inspiration—the outdoors.

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