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Decorating With Gold

Split Complementary

Split Complementary

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

There are lots of colors competing for your attention in a split-complementary space, especially when you're dealing with prominent hues like gold, blue and purple. The trick is to make sure all three tones are represented but not allowing one to overpower the other. And this sultry and sophisticated living room pulls it off perfectly!

Much like gray, navy is one of our favorite neutrals, especially when it's paired with purple. And because we chose this deep, dark shade for our walls, we let the other colors shine through everywhere else. Otherwise, too much of this hue would weigh down the room and make it feel unwelcoming. When it came time to work in purple, the stripes on the sectional's accent pillows, along with that eye-popping purple accent chair, proved to be plenty.

Because this room is saturated with so many different colors, settling on this graphite sectional really helps break up the other bold color choices. even the golden elements in this room take on a more neutral feel, like the breezy window sheers, metallic, black and gold wall art, glowing table lamp and seagrass-style area rug.

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