When we talk about colour contrast we could be referring to a number of different colour combinations. There are contrasting hues (black/white, red/green, for example), the contrast of light and dark colours (including shades of the same colour), the contrast of warm and cold colours (such as red and blue), and the proportion of contrast colours used (a space decorated mostly in one particular shade and featuring just a hint of another). In fact the variety of interior design ideas utilising the colour contrast template are almost endless.
Adding a pop of colour to an otherwise colourless space is a great way to perk it up and give it a whole new dimension. Decide which part of a room you want the focus to be on and add your colour there.
A gorgeous pastel sofa surrounded by jewel tones makes for an unexpected but wonderfully successful mix of colours, and not least because the rest of the room has been kept in neutral shades.
In this room many of us would have been tempted to keep the walls completely white, but the saffron wall combined with the sea-green tiles makes for a much more convivial space.
Reds and blues, oranges and greys, yellows and greens – combining warm and cool tones in a space creates balance, giving a room both a calming and cosy feel.
Grey is also a neutral shade and so can hold its own well with all manner of colours – the more dramatic the contrast the better, though.
Despite being closely related on the colour scale, the dark blue wall and turquoise blue wood trunk still manage to appear very different to one another, proving that even similar shades can stand out in a space.
Sometimes just a touch of contrast is enough to completely alter the look and feel of a room. Think how different the space above would appear with the simple removal of the purple chair.
A bright colour in an otherwise darkly decorated interior will help to liven up the space and give it a point of interest.
Another effective way to introduce a contrast of colours into a space is with colour blocking. It’s also an unusual and striking decorating option.
Here we have a lovely, simple contrast of light and dark – the white walls, furniture, and accessories sit beautifully with the dark wood floor, emphasising the richness of the colour.