Design With Contrast
Updated: Dec 20, 2019
For many homeowners and designers, their goal is to create spaces that are exude visual harmony, using cohesive shades that not only work well together but exist in similar color scales - never straying too far away from the other. It's important to do what works best for your own space, but also not to shy away from color combinations that give a more high impact effect than anything else. Not every space will call for this, but the contrast does create a high glam look that can be very striking when executed correctly. In living spaces, you can use each color you have in mind in small doses - creating a main color and accent color dynamic while in spaces like bedrooms and even bathrooms, you shouldn't shy away of using both shades in equal amounts. Here are just a few combinations & tips that you should try to design a great high contrast space.
Blues & Blacks Black & blue might make scare some away, but these are great shades that can play well of each other in the right spaces. Deep blue shades work well with black because of how unexpected the pairing is, and the blue helps the space not get too "heavy". Adding white into the mix is also a great addition. Of course, it's all about having the right undertone for the blue you're using to pair with black. Both of these colors work best when using them in lush fabrics with plenty of texture.
Layering It's not always enough to just put two shades next to each other and expect them to work, it's all about creating a story with your design. Colors in multiple materials or fabrics can add a whole new dimension, as well as the inclusion of more natural colors and materials like rustic wood - which can work well with combinations like navy blue and white to create a nautical feel. These color contrasts can so often tell a story, so it's important for you to figure out what that is.
Black & White This is the go-to when trying to create a high contrast space and for good reason: it's a timeless and easy combination of colors. Whether you go with classic stripes, unique patterns or any other way to put these two colors together, it's a combination that works virtually anywhere. It's important to know what other colors you might want to use along with the black & white without throwing it off - and how the best way to inject it is. Think bright colors, bold patterns and a plethora of metallic shades and accessories from chrome to rose gold.
Neutral Versus Bright While neutral colors like grey are popular in home design, they are excellent when used alongside bright and bold shades like reds and turquoise to bring everything together. The neutral color can serve as the "base" of your look, and can include colors like white and various shades of beige. You then have the freedom to use it alongside smaller quantities of a brighter and bolder hue, typically in the form of furniture, accessories, textiles and more to offset the look of the neutral shade.