Be bold with con­trast­ing colours

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Con­trast­ing colours are fun to play with – and cre­ate a vi­brant set­ting that’s bound to get those

cre­ative juices flow­ing!

Use a bold and beau­ti­ful colour scheme to in­ject en­ergy into a space and cre­ate a dy­namic look. Fol­low th­ese sim­ple guide­lines from Du­lux colour ex­pert Son­ica Buck­steg ( left):

Tips for dec­o­rat­ing with con­trast­ing colours

1 Con­trast cold and warm colours, says Son­ica. By com­bin­ing them you can cre­ate depth in your dé­cor; cooler colours such as blue will re­cede, al­low­ing warmer colours like red to pop. So if you pre­fer a space that’s cooler over­all, use cool colours as your can­vas to sup­port those items in warmer colours, or do it the other way round if you pre­fer a warmer ef­fect. 2 The greater the dis­tance be­tween hues on the colour wheel, the greater the con­trast – and the more dy­namic your space will be. A good ex­am­ple is the yel­low-redblue tri­adic colour scheme where the colours are equally spaced around the colour wheel. 3 Don’t in­tro­duce bold colours into a room in equal mea­sures as the space will be­come over­whelm­ing with the colours all com­pet­ing for at­ten­tion. It’s im­por­tant to bal­ance bold colours with a sim­ple 60/30/10 ra­tio rule; se­lect one hue as the dom­i­nant colour at 60% (such as the blue wall) and add in­ter­est with a sec­ondary colour at 30% (red side­board and car­pet) and yel­low at 10% (books and art­work) as an ac­cent. 4 Add neu­tral­is­ing colours to bal­ance a bold space – th­ese in­clude any neu­tral, black or white ob­jects. In this room, the neu­tral floor­ing is the key bal­anc­ing fac­tor. The white chair and black frame around the art­work en­hance all the other colours.

How to use the colour wheel

Com­ple­men­tary colours lie op­po­site each other on the colour wheel. This means that if you want a com­ple­men­tary colour for pink, you should look at the blue greens di­rectly op­po­site the pinks on the colour wheel. Th­ese colours will com­plete or en­hance each other. Con­trast­ing colours lie on ei­ther side of a colour’s com­ple­men­tary shade on the wheel. This means that if you want a con­trast­ing colour for pink, you should con­sider yel­lows or blue vi­o­lets. Imag­ine a pro­pel­ler shape on the colour wheel (see the dot­ted lines on the colour wheel on the op­po­site page) when se­lect­ing con­trast­ing colours – they of­fer many of the same benefits as com­ple­men­tary colours, but the ef­fect is more sub­tle.

The dot­ted line in­di­cates how you should use the colour wheel to find con­trast­ing colours.

Source: pan­tone.com

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