Interior complementary colors can be quite strong or even too strong. Greens are more balanced against a neutral background like white, gray or clay. One interior decorating tip is to choose a color scheme that includes the elemental colors of green, namely, yellow and blue. Or choose different shades of greens with each other. A green accent in your interior brings nature into your home. A green foulard, curtain or cushion will make other green accents more alive, if for instance, you want to accentuate a green vase or the color green in a painting.
Have a look at all the Velvet Matters cushions that contain green: https://velvetmatters.com/product-tag/green/ and look at my film “How Annyta makes a cushion.”
Or take a look at my Grand Foulard “LILY” that is based in greens.
If you’d like to read on, I’ve written a bit about the theory, history and use of green in art and culture, plus a bit about using complimentary colors. Enjoy!
Green is my favorite color, the essence of nature. I love the color of the new green leaves in spring and the many shaded colors of grass. And on a dark day, those same greens are so much more intense.
Green is restful but lively as well. I try to capture these in my own work through my patterns and designs.
In the Tang-dynasty, only the Chinese emperors themselves could own mi se (secret-color) porcelain. Later this porcelain was named celadon and is found in many museums (celadon green).
Jan van Eyck used green in his Arnolfini portrait in the beautiful green dress (Van Eyck green) and in the Romantic period people painted their rooms green to be closer to nature. For muslims, green is a holy color.
The late 19th century Swiss Johannes Itten’s color circle consists of the three primary colors red, yellow and blue (now we know that these colors are not really primaries) along with their secondary or complementary colors of orange, violet and green and then the six tertiary colors that lay in between those. For most this is basic information, but I am repeating it here just to create a common ground. Red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green, and red and blue make violet. In the color circle or wheel, complementary colors are opposite each other. So, for example, since red is directly across from green, those two colors compliment each other. Itten discovered that complementary colors intensify each other when used together. This principle is used everywhere consciously or inconsciously. Painters, film-makers and even grocery stores use these principles. For example, oranges look more orange on purple paper.
The color tones within the French film Amelie are primarily red and green.
The expressionist painters use these two complimentary colors a lot. British painter Howard Hodgkin (who’s favourite color is green as well) often uses the red-green color combination in his paintings, and I find the effect to be incredibly strong. But when a color is nearly a complementary color, the effect is more subtle.
I’ll end this blog with another color tip: consider greens with pink or greens with a orange-red for a softer, more subtle effect.