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Decorating With Red
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February 2012

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Decorating With Red

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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 red is green.

This beautiful bedroom proves that paring red and green should not just be reserved for the most wonderful time of the year. To successfully pull this look off, you've got to tone down the red and green hues and never, ever pair a true green with a true red. Otherwise, you'll have a year-round Christmas look that even Santa himself would get sick of!

Since true green and true red are off-limits, stay within the inner tiers of the color wheel. The further you move towards the color wheel's center, the softer the tints become because there's more white mixed in. In this room, a beautiful pale cinnamon and khaki green were chosen for the walls and rug.

While a mellow green works best, you can go lighter or deeper with your reds. For instance, the bedspread is a shade deeper than a true red, and it works perfectly with the red undertones of the wood furniture.

Keep these rules in mind and you'll have one gorgeous complementary scheme. Even better, you won't be embarrassed by your bedroom's colors when the holidays come around!

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