Opposites Attract: Complementary Colour Combos

What if I told you that even the most jarring colour combinations could look fantastic together?

Let’s focus on complementary colour schemes – where two hues sit directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. The most common couplings consist of having one primary colour (red, yellow and blue) and one secondary colour (green, purple and orange), although there are tertiary colour pairings that are considered complementary too.

Get inspired by the below colour schemes that can create a bold new look in any space of your home.

Blue and Orange

Blue and orange are the most dynamic when paired together – considered by many to be the ‘contemporary of the complimentary colour couples’. If you’re looking for a safe way to combine blue and orange, go for subdued variations of the hues – for example, choose a primary blue that is lighter (pale blue), darker (prussian blue) or duskier (denim blue), where all are still blue, but just derivations of the primary blue colour. You can also add white to break up the colours.


When balanced in equal parts, the effect of blue & orange together can be relatively soothing with neither colour dominating. Via Houzz


In a hotter climate, a lighter colour-schemed elevation is beautiful. Here, an accent of blue compliments the peachy orange tone. Via The Commander Display Home


Play it safe at the start – introduce one orange & one blue piece of furniture into a monochromatic scheme, where furniture can be easily moved about to see what works. Image via Houzz

Purple and Yellow

This colour combo encourages a certain type of softness, perfect especially for a bedroom setting.


The purple wall creates a relaxing atmosphere for the bedroom with sunny, yellow bed linen to liven it up. Image via Houzz


Opposite colours can be used in cutting-edge design features, creating an abstract style. Image via Houzz


Paintings are another nice way to enhance these colours. Image via Smart Homes for Living

Red and Green

When these two colours come together, it’s hard not to think of Christmas – but red and green can work together in a modern palette, particularly when the two are presented as tints, tones and shades of the original colours.


In this bedroom, the green is presented as mint, olive and moss on furniture & furnishings with red offered as cherry, rouge & coral. Image via Houzz.


To achieve a balanced set, introduce a neutral colour to moderate the potency. Here, the red & green is broken up by lots of white in both the striped wallpaper and the white bed linen. Image via Houzz.

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