Complementary Colors | WALLCOVER

Complementary colors are those colors that, taken together, will result in a shade of grey, or in a spot on the grey axis. There are different pairs of shades of colors which may cause such an effect – for example the color-pair blue and yellow or the color-pair red and green. If you thus take together the color “blue” and the color “yellow” our eyes do see as a result a color from the “grey” scale. That means that the color shades do thus cancel each other. This is caused by the so called successive contrast and on the other hand by the so called simultaneous contrast. The successive contrast relates to a contrast caused by the adaptation of our eyes to specific light reflections. The simultaneous contrast, however, is a contrast increase made by various pigments, which do appeal at the same time.

Complementary colors, so color pairs, which cancel each other, often are used in different areas, in which design or layout plays a role. Complementary colors do only cancel each other if they are directly above each other. However, if they are side by side, they do intensify. In terms of second definition, complementary colors are all those color pairs which do amplify each other the most.

So if you would like to especially emphasize for example, the green of a specific object, or even a particular room, here the combination with something red would be worth. Should you, however, wish to particularly highlight red, for example, a red curtain, green wallpaper would here be recommendable. It is always important that only those goods or that color shade is highlighted that is the foreground, while that color shade, that’s in the background, resigns.

Especially, within the Interior Design, various special objects can particularly be put in the spotlight. On the other hand, according to above teachings in regard to complementary colors, other components, of which attention should more be drawn off, can be moved in the background. Furthermore, you should always pay attention, that these complementary colors are not used against each other. If you do, for example, decide to use something in an Orange color in front of a blue background, this is extremely unpleasant for our eyes. There wiil be an over stimulation of our eyes, or a sensory overload to our eyes, which is accompanied by flickering at the edges, in this case of the Orange object.

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