Contrasting Colors on Your Walls: Tips & Inspos

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If you’re bored with the current mono-color at your home and want to find another idea for re-painting, try contrasting the colors! It basically requires you to choose two or more colors that are contrasting each other but create harmony at the final result. Here we are giving you tips and inspos for your contrasting colors.


Contrasting colors 101: Tips & Quick Guide

Firstly, you might want to find out the quickie 101 about contrasting colors before diving into it. Here are some basic guides by Margaret Manning from House Tipster.

Color contrasting technique


To use this technique, you must first consider your primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Primary colors like blue, red, and yellow, are colors that can’t be created by other colors. Secondary colors, like green, orange and purple, are created by the mixing of primary colors. Tertiary colors are shades and hues created by the mixing of primary and secondary colors.

So, to create visually arresting color contrasts in your home, consider using two to four colors per room. And don’t just focus on the colors of your walls. Remember that you can incorporate contrasting color schemes with your furniture, furnishings, and other elements of your home décor too.

Contrasting dark & light colors

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You may want to play simply with contrasting non-white color schemes with lighter colors, and likewise. For instance, your primary color is white for the walls and main big furniture (sofas, desk, etc); then, for your wall art, toss pillows, and the other furnishing, you may use shades of black and/or gray.

Contrasting cool & warm colors

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Basically, warm schemes like orange, yellow, and red, pull out cozier, brighter, upbeat vibes, and make the room feels cozier and full. Meanwhile, cool tones like blue, teal, and purple, give off vibes that are calmer, more relaxing, and more focused, also make a small room seems to be more spacious or larger.

We had talked about cool & warm colors 101 before, and you may want to check more about it here if you don’t wanna miss out!

Contrasting complementary colors

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The key is to combine colors that are the opposite of each other in the color wheel. For example, purple and yellow or green and red are complementary colors. You can use complementary colors to make rooms visually pop. You may want to use complementary colors for the furnishing in the room, while the primary color is to be put on the walls.

Contrasting triadic color schemes

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For a lively and bolder room, you should try this one. But be careful to only use a single triadic color scheme in your interior design because multiple triadic color schemes create visual chaos.

Contrasting monochromatic color schemes

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Monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base hue that’s extended by using its different shades, tones, and tints. Different tints of the main color can be created by adding white, and the shades and tones can be made by adding a darker color, gray, or black to the main color.

Contrasting colors with patterns

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Last but not least, you may want to play with patterns to contrast the colors. It can create a sense of artistic dynamism in your room’s visual theme.


Color contrasts inspos

Here we provide you numerous inspos for your contrasting colors!









Simon Upton


Dominique Vorillon


Futurist Architecture


Daniel Wang


Meubels Intermoebel


Eye for Design


Christina Marie


Have a blast painting your new contras palette! 😀



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Check more of our articles about wall decor & interior design here:

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