How to make clashing colours work
Interior design is an art and for many, straying outside of the “guidelines” can seem like a big taboo! Colours for the home, for example, “should” be complimentary and not contrasting. But art isn’t all about following the rules. Break free with a clashing colour scheme that could actually liven up your space, creating a bold, beautiful statement. Want to try it for yourself? Let us help you:
How to make it work
With phrases like “red and green should not be seen” running through many new homeowners minds, it’s easy to avoid a riskier colour combo. But matching contrasting colours can actually be a powerful tool and look great – if done right. The important thing is to stick with colours that are equal in tonal strength (meaning warm and cool and varying degrees of each) rather than complementary colours. It is also important to avoid having too many clashing hues. Stick to a handful of different contrasting shades and allow the bold colours to speak for themselves.
Suggested clashing colour schemes
There are hundreds of colour schemes you can choose from that are a little outside of the norm. Some of our favourite forbidden combinations include green and purple, pink and orange and clashing metals, to name just a few. The options are endless and you can have a lot of fun with different colour combinations – just take a look at some of our projects for inspiration.
Not sure it’s for you?
If you’re hesitant to go bold, introduce contrasting colours as feature pieces in the room. Experiment with a vase that contrasts with the surrounding elements or fittings that give a pop of colour – even the classic feature wall could be your little rebel against complementary colours. Your interior design choices should reflect your personality, so make sure it’s a space you love!
Want to give clashing colours a go in your home? Talk to the experts – call John Croft Design.