Complimentary Color Schemes, Interior Design Ideas and Pictures

Color by Editorial Staff (July 15, 08:54 AM)

As the name implies, these schemes use contrasting hues from opposite sides of the color wheel: reds with greens, oranges with blues, yellows with violets,. The basic hues may be more subtle intermediate colors rather than primary or secondary colors, as long as they face each other across the wheel.


Complementary schemes, which tend to seen bright and balanced, are generally well liked when skillfully assembled. The danger in complementary schemes is that they may become over bright, even garish. Flags, sports costumes, display advertising and some stage design make good use of such sharply contrasting complementary, but interiors in strong bright reds and greens or blues and oranges will appear unpleasantly harsh, tiring, and even ugly.


Successful complementary schemes usually use a color of low chroma and either high or low value from one side of the wheel to cover large areas and strong colors from the opposite side of the wheel for smaller areas. Neutralizing each color by adding the complementary to it helped to unify complementary schemes. For example, a room might have floor and wall areas of a light green, grayed by the addition of red. Some objects perhaps upholstered furniture, would display the complementary red in strong but not full chroma, reduced by a small addition of green.


Complementary schemes are more difficult to plan than the simpler scheme types discussed in previous articles, especially if one considers the range of variation on basic complementary color. It is possible to widen the band of hues used on either one or both sides of the colors when while still maintaining a complementary balance. Both red and the adjacent red-violet on one side of the wheel might be used with the slightly yellowed green opposite or with a range in the yellow-green to green band. Once again, such schemes required care and subtlety to avoid garishness.
 

A further variant of complementary schemes, sometimes classified as a totally different type, is the split-complementary scheme. In this scheme, a hue on one side of the wheel is used with the two hues that fall on either side of the directly opposite complementary. With red, for example, both yellow-green and blue-green could be used, omitting the true green between them. This scheme also works best using lower levels of chroma for the hues from one side of the wheel in larger areas and more intense color from the other side of the wheel in smaller areas and accents. Effective split-complementary schemes look lively and colorful. They make a subtle and more varied impression than simple complementary schemes.

Complementary color schemes interior design

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