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Want to make a bold statement with colour combinations that are guaranteed to work? Contrasting colours - also known as complementary colours - hold the key. These are colours that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel and which, when used together, intensify one another.
1/4 Colour-zoned kitchen
2/4 Bold blue-and-orange living room
Not for the faint-hearted, blue and orange make a strong statement, even when used in moderation.
3/4 Vibrant purple and yellow living room
Nothing adds a burst of sunshine to a room like a piece of bold yellow seating, especially when it's set against a backdrop of soft purple.
This mimosa yellow velvet armchair is a bright and brilliant touch. Team with dark blue drapes and neutral accents to ground the look... just a little.
4/4 Traditional green-and-red decor
For a less intense look that still works the complementary colour look, try a combination of rusty red and forest green. In a traditional dining room, aged or antique wooden furniture further softens the style.
Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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