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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

How To Decorate With A Complementary Colour Palette

The best approach when combining two hues to make a colour statement is to pick from opposite sides of the colour wheel. This living room is a fine example of this decorating method: the teal blue walls paired with the burnt orange ceiling results in a striking yet balanced scheme. Notice how the main piece of furniture - the tufted couch - is in a slightly lighter shade of the teal walls, this prevents the piece from detracting or competing with the main statement of the room - the walls and ceiling. The strong colours of the scheme have been anchored with neutral textures, such as the jute rug and wooden table. For me, this shows how a well-executed colour scheme can breathe life into an otherwise formal and traditional space. Plus, the tufted couch is the definition of Divine, right?!
// House & Home | Photography by John Cullen

23 comments:

  1. Wow, such amazing, bold colours. Also a beautiful mix of furniture. x

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  2. Um, yes taht sofa is absolutely divine! I've always loved that yellow chair too

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  3. Love your explanation of why it works. Bold and wonderful!

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  4. I am trying to learn my way around a colour wheel and it is a bit tricky to get the hang of but I do understand the complimentary colours, the orange and blue look incredible together. I love everything about this picture what a fantastic room :)

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  5. Lovely! Colours that makes you happy!:))

    Smiles....

    Kråke

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  6. I love contrasts. I am more of a white walls kind of girl but I could get down with this room.

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  7. This blue is gorgeous..good morning friend!!:)

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  8. This is one of my favourite bright colour combinations! My mom painted our kitchen these colours when I was younger and everyone thought it would be too much but it became the most popular room in the house.

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    1. I love that! The kitchen should always be the heart of any home, I think.

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  9. The couch is divine - and so is the little ceramic side table :) (at least I think it's ceramic?)
    Have a sunny day Will,
    Ax

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  10. Been thinking in investing in a jute rug but wasn't sure how it would match my otherwise bright colour scheme, now I'm sure it will be just fine! Thanks!

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  11. Love this combo! And the way you present it all!
    My fave item of the room is this gorgeous teal ceramic stool ♥
    Do you know where I could find it or a similar one?

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    1. Thank you for your kind words!

      There's one at Tonic Home that's quite similar: http://tinyurl.com/8qj8um4

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  12. I am more into pale/white interiors but somehow I love all your bold coloured ideas! I guess it is all about the character of the space, if it is right the result is beautiful for all tastes!

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  13. excellent point, will. i like seing the varying teal shades and especially the teal stool with glazed finish - extra layering there. donna

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  14. absolutely!! love this room and how hip and modern it looks thanks to the color palette and playful, graphic fabrics despite the traditional elements of the room and style of the furniture! Fab lesson!

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  15. This room just makes me happy to look at! One needs a bit of bright colours in one's life!

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  16. Love those bright colours! Would love to paint the ceiling a complimentary colour - bit scared though! Love the sofa too xx

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