Similar colors make it easy to create a matchy look for your rooms and furniture, but opposite colors can add something unexpected and really take a room to the next level.
When decorating with opposite colors, don’t forget that the basic colors in the room should be in the same family. When everything is opposite, it doesn’t always look like you planned it that way, and it doesn’t come off as well as an accent in an opposite color. Temporary accessories are a great way to test drive new colors without making a commitment to a piece of furniture or an entire wall. Start out by tossing an orange throw over your lavender sofa—just to see how it looks. If you like it move forward with other orange (opposite) accessories, like throw pillows, floral arrangements, rugs or wall art.
Make sure your colors are true opposites for best effect. A color wheel can be a handy tool for picking colors—choose shades that are located across from each other, like purple and yellow, green and red or blue and orange. Secondary colors integrated with one of their primary colors, like green with blue, match instead of creating opposite contrast.
Here are some inspirations for great ways to use opposite colors in your decor: