Color Theory: Complimentary Color Schemes

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Most of us are familiar with the color wheel from elementary school art classes. While learning our colors is elementary enough, the study and implementation of color theory is not. It plays a huge role in design practice. A good designer understands how colors affect and play off of one another, even how they affect our mental state, and utilizes that when practicing design.

Complimentary colors, when used together in color schemes, are especially pleasing to the eye. Complimentary colors are the combination of any 2 colors opposite each other on the color wheel. The most commonly known combinations are with the primary colors: Red – green, blue – orange, and yellow – purple. These colors are the strongest contrast to one another and so when used together they really vibrate against one another, as well as, create a feeling of balance.

When using color combinations in an interior space, its great to accent with complimentary colors. Also there are natural elements that you can pull in that resemble colors from the color wheel, which are great for using as these accents. For example, using copper (orange) with blue, using gold (yellow) with purple, and using plants (green) with red. Having a hard time envisioning this?! These interior spaces with complimentary color schemes are sure to please the eye. After all, how are eyes see and perceive color is a science!

Blue – Orange

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Purple – Yellow

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Red – Green

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Trend Alert: Copper Cosmetics

Something about copper keeps it synonymous with “cozy.” Maybe it’s the colors, those earthy shades of brown and orange. Maybe it’s the way the metal catches and scatters light. Whatever the case may be, adding a touch of copper to your home can bring warmth and comfort in a way that no other material accomplishes.

In terms of adaptability, copper is hard to beat. It can be finished in metallic, matte or gloss and paired with complimentary woods, stones and glasses to create modern-urban, vintage, industrial and eclectic spaces. Contrast is key. Placed next to white and grey fixtures, copper can add that final detail you might need to finish a room. 
If there’s one room copper shines best in, it’s the kitchen. Matching copper fixtures used to contrast dark, solid colors popular in kitchen areas is  a sure-fire way to add flair and character to a room where steel, brass or marble might go unnoticed. For the most eye-catching copper design possible, go with a shade of blue; because copper is a warm orange and blue is orange’s complimentary color. The two look amazing together and copper’s natural varnish makes it turquoise as time goes on.

Copper is also a popular choice for free-standing bath tubs. If you’re looking for a material to use for both your tub and your plumbing hardware, look no further.