By: Liz

In our previous entry we unveiled the mysteries of the “color wheel”, illustrating the differences between primary, secondary, tertiary and complementary colors. Here we will give some tips and inspiration on how to use complementary colors in decorating with blinds and shades.

To recap, complementary colors are located across form each other on the color wheel and include the following pairs:

-Red and Green

-Orange and Blue

-Yellow and Purple

These pairings are great starting points to use when fantasizing about your next weekend project. I know some people will protest, with arguments of “Outrageous! Those colors clash! You can’t combine them in the same room!” but in actuality they can work together to build a beautifully thought out room.

What some might say is “clashing colors” is actually the result of color saturation. The reason red “clashes” with green, is because the red makes the green seem greener, the green makes the red seem redder. Saturation basically means how bold and vivid a color is, so these pairings can actually work to play off each other in a room.

To show how to use red and green together here is an example of a kitchen in need of a window treatment:

-Dark sage green walls

-Copper ceiling

-Black countertops with accents of other colors

There are several options in the red family. Here is a list of possible products that would complement the color scheme in this Kitchen

-A cellular shade in a warm sienna color

-A natural woven roman/roller shade with hints of ginger and brown

-A cherry wood/faux wood blind

“But those colors aren’t bright red!” you say. They don’t have to be. Warm Sienna is a rusty, orange-y red, picking up the copper ceiling. The woven ginger shade has many different colors strewn in it, all in the red and gold family. The cherry blind is a red wood, but not a “Ronald McDonald” red, a subtle red.

There you go! You’re an expert now, right? What’s that? You’re not sure yet. You need one more example? Ok, let’s see what I have up my sleeve…oh! I have one. A customer has a Living Room with the following:

-Mustard yellow walls

-Dark wood wainscoting

-Gold pinstriped loveseat and upholstery

Remember, the color compliment to yellow is purple. The yellow we’re dealing with here is a deep, vivid color, so generally we want to match that type of intensity. Some products that might work in this room would be:

– A dark mahogany wood/faux wood blind

-A woven wood shade with mahogany and tan accents

-A burgundy vinyl blind with matching fabric tape.

These purple inspired blinds and shades work even though they aren’t Easter egg purples; they have eggplant purple tones in them, which make them an excellent compliment to golden yellow walls.

Just remember that anyone is capable of finding the right color combinations for their home with just a little imagination guided by the color wheel.