Article by Jennifer Adams
Are you a dog person when your spouse likes cats? Do you see
things in black and your partner sees white? Opposing viewpoints can be
exciting when it works, adding spice and fun. When it doesn’t work the result
is chaotic and busy.
In décor, opposites work really well to create contrast and
excitement in a room. Use color accents to draw the eye around a room, or to
create a bold focal feature.
Here are some of my tips on how to successfully use contrast
in your décor.
Alone, these two contrasting colors create a peaceful
and luxurious room, and the red bookcase adds an exciting focus. This approach
is great for the end of a hall or walkway, or to balance another strong focal
feature in a room, such as a massive fireplace.
Contrast with Texture.
Rough and smooth, fuzzy and shiny, new
and old, busy and plain are ways to use contrast in texture. Prints on fabric
and patterns also count as texture. If you have a monochrome room of mostly
whites or one color, varying texture is a great way to keep the room
interesting. In the photo at the top of this article, appearing in Elle Décor and photographed by William Waldron,
the draperies’ grid pattern contrasts the
tonal fabrics on the furniture, walls and rug to create a subtle interest.
Have fun, be bold and if it doesn’t work, change it later.
living rooms, family rooms, halls and entries are good rooms to experiment with
contrast because you can try things easily and inexpensively. Paint, throw
pillows and accessories are easy ways to try a new color or texture.
Show us your ideas! I’d love to see what you’ve done in your
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