A bold orange mirror pops off the blue walls in this contemporary bathroom. The sophisticated vanity pairs dark brown wood with a traditional, gray stone countertop, while the white tiled backsplash features accents of mod strips.
A closer look at this corner of the living room reveals two copper frames and a houseplant, which add height to the space. Below, mixed-patterned pillows pair well together thanks to their complementary colors.
For this kid's bedroom, designers strived for a look that was whimsical, but also sophisticated enough to grow along with its owner. Complementary colors blue and orange combine warm and cool tones for a balanced feel.
In this bathroom, a blue wicker dresser has been transformed into a sink base. Instead of drawers, the homeowner added curtains to give herself extra storage. The beautiful red flowers add subtle complementary colors to the space.
This contemporary nursery is grounded by an orange-and-blue mod area rug, while a comfortable white chair is the perfect spot to snuggle up with little one. The complementary color scheme is playful and fun, while the soft shade of the walls keeps the space serene, inviting.
A monochromatic look can be bold and budget-friendly. Consider matching your curtains to the walls, as seen in his metro Atlanta model home by the designers with Monte Hewett Homes. Since time is money, you can save time by not worrying about finding a complementary color or pattern for the drapes.
Complementary colors are always a perfect combination since each color sits directly opposite the other on the color wheel, resulting in the perfect contrast. Here, red and green are used but with a fresh spin as the red is toned down to raspberry and the green has a touch of blue, making it appear more emerald.
The bold color and pattern used on the exterior of this modern home was inspired by abstract art. Various shades of blue connect the house, sited on the ridge of a hill, to the the sky that serves as its backdrop. Orange, as the complementary color, creates a dynamic contrast. The sustainable home runs on solar power and captures rainwater in cisterns.
Cute, cheap updates to a small patio include adding an outdoor pillow in a complementary color to a plastic Adirondack-style chair and an outdoor rug. If you don't have room for a coffee table, a smaller end table, can serve as your bar when enjoying cocktails with friends. Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama made this table using crates.
Designer Karina Bryant of K_Souki Design Studio used complementary colors and textures in her cupboards, contrasting the shiny white upper cabinets with the darker wood-grained lower cabinets. You could get a similar effect by painting upper cabinets in a bright high gloss paint. Keeping the lower cabinets darker makes them easier to clean, especially with children in the house, Bryant points out. The Atlanta home was built by Imery Group.
Give any room in your home a splash of calypso color with a tropical bromeliad. These exotic beauties have strappy leaves topped by clusters of red, orange, yellow, purple, or white flowers. The blossoms last for weeks, capturing attention in any setting. Bromeliads are easy to grow and look their best in medium to high light. Increase their impact by popping the plant into a complementary-colored cachepot.