5 Chic Ways to Use Contrasting Colors in Your Home

By Shannon Koszyk

You can jazz up any room in your home by using contrasting colors throughout your decor. In fact, you don’t even need to buy new things–many times you can just mix and match what you already own, and perhaps add a fresh coat of paint. Get started with these inspirational ideas.

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Bright Focal Points

Using a bold paint color, such as tangerine, can add flair to any kitchen. Here, the hue highlights the more interesting aspects of the room, including the floating hood vent and the contrasting cabinets.
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Unexpected Wall Color

Here's another way to use an unexpected color to turn a ho-hum room into something special.
red kitchen
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Contrasting Spaces

Make the perimeter of the room a different color than the middle. Here, the black walls ground the room, while the red counter makes a striking style statement.
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Bold Accessories

Pull your main colors from your accessories. If you enjoy collecting unique pieces during your travels, for example, pick your favorites (ones you'll love for the next 10 years) and then purchase furniture to match.
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Fresh Finds

Use colorful fruits, flowers and vases in the kitchen to soften the hard edges and make it feel more warm and inviting.

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