Contrasting colors can help details pop out in a room, working well with both flat walls and walls with intricate ornamentation. A room can achieve harmony and aesthetic balance through the judicious use of color contrast in the walls, fixtures, and furnishings.
Contrasts can be achieved in an interior space through a variety of means. Moldings in otherwise flat walls can be painted a complementary or contrasting color to form visible borders and lines. A contrasting color scheme works exceptionally well in showcasing the details in intricately detailed paneled walls. Even flat walls painted a single color can be paired with furnishings of a contrasting color palette.
Contrasting colors can also define spaces and focal points within large rooms. Painting one wall a contrasting color to the other walls can easily turn it into an accent wall.
The common feature in all good palette contrasts are how easily the colors are distinguished from one another. Popular color contrasts include differences in color intensity, hue, and warmth, and can incorporate both a palette of multiple complementary colors or a monochromatic series of shades. The contrast between lighter and darker tones is a popular choice.
Moreover, effective color contrasts are hardly an excuse for eye-searing mashes of bright color. A beautifully coordinated contrast can be achieved without involving bright, saturated palettes. Muted pastel colors can work just as well complementing each other as they would be complementing more vibrant counterparts.
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