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Decorating With Purple
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Order in the House

March 2012

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Decorating With Purple

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Split Complementary

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

Since purple has the power to inspire imagination and creativity, it's a smart choice for a home office. And while a split-complementary palette that introduces yellow-orange and yellow-green alongside purple may sound like something a kindergartener dreamed up, if executed properly the result will be executive approved!

Because variations of purple's complement yellow, were used here, this home office comes across as harmonious. The trick to pulling this look off is to stay with hues on the outer tiers of the color wheel and use them sparingly. You can see how the soft, yellow-orange wall color and complementing rug are brought to life when paired with sheers, artwork, silk florals and accessories featuring pops of deep purple.

And make no mistake–the furniture in this room is just as much a part of the split-complementary scheme as the paint and home décor. The mahogany office set and chair pick up hints of the yellow-orange walls, while the decorative accent chest has elements of purple's other split complement, yellow-green.

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