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Decorating With Red

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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 red, look to the left and right of its complement, green. In the case of red, the split-complementary scheme would include blue-green and yellow-green.

On the surface, a color scheme comprised of red, yellow-green and blue-green may seem like a misguided mash-up. But once you get past your initial skepticism, you'll find these split complements actually afford you more decorating flexibility! Just take care to cut the intensity of this trio by varying the values and introducing lighter tints as we've done here.

Rather than painting your walls a predictable shade of red, try sultry crimson seating to assert your favorite color. This sectional is certainly worth the investment since its alluring shade is guaranteed to never fall out of style. We also chose this piece for its patterned accent pillows, which really pop against the solid red upholstery.

Now it's time to introduce red's split complements, yellow-green and blue-green. When it comes to your walls and area rug, look for muted colors in the chartreuse yellow family. Because these shades feel more neutral, the three components with the most visual real estate in the room–the walls, the area rug and the furniture–won't be vying for attention. As for the blue-green elements, everything from your artwork to your accessories can bear this sparkling shade. We chose this lively wall art to brighten up the muted paint color and bring the split-complementary scheme full circle.

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