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Home :: Design Center :: Articles :: Design :: Decorating With Gold :: Complementary
Decorating With Gold
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Home for the Holidays

November & December 2012

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Decorating With Gold

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Complementary

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 gold, or yellow orange, is blue-purple.

Gold and blue-purple are both bold colors. So, you have to tread carefully when working with a complementary gold color scheme to avoid a room that feels overwhelming. The best way to do this is to use the base colors sparingly and instead opt for their various tints and shades to soften your color scheme.

In this comfy transitional bedroom, a lighter gold tone, suntan yellow, was used for the walls while a deep purple area rug was used as a sophisticated complement. Then, the various tints and shades of our color combo were sprinkled throughout the room, like the calming lavender bedding and subtle gold bed pillows. This variation in tone gives the space a sense of depth. And artwork is always a wonderful way to work in your star colors—the gold-framed painting in this room depicts lively purple hydrangea flowers!

As with many complementary color schemes, working in some neutral hues helps tone down your color scheme while also providing a striking contrast. In this room, the breaks of neutrals and white found on the curtains, basket and wall molding and even some of the subtle silver accents help counterbalance the space.

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