What is a split complementary colour scheme?

A Split Complementary Colour Scheme is a colour scheme that is created by selecting one colour from the colour wheel and then using one colour from either side of its complementary colour. This creates a more pleasing colour scheme than a true complementary as it still has a strong visual contrast but not as profound. 

The split complementary colour scheme involves three colours. It is considered a good choice for beginners as it is rare to go wrong with it.

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Against a neutral background, three split-complementary colours add joy to the room by making it more lively. Shades of orange, green and red are added into the decor through paintings, flowers and cushion covers.

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The living room is painted with bright shades of orange and blue while the third colour which is green is used in small quantities and shown through the cushions as well as with the help of plants. Another natural element is the fire which also brings colour into the room.

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This room too has shades of orange, blue and green used. However, the manner in which the colour is used should be noted. While orange and blue is used for the furnishing, the green is brought into the room through more natural elements like plants.

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While orange and blue are the dominating colours in the room, you can notice specks of yellow in various parts or the room which are not highlighting any element but breaking the strong appeal of the orange and blue.

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One would not expect red-pink, green and yellow to go along with each other. The placement of these colours plays an important part for the room to look lively without contrasting each other out.

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When you look at the picture you notice the strong use of green. To break this monotony, pink and orange are used which create a break in the line of vision and a modern look. 

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The red of the chair, the shelf and the adjacent table are what seeks attention while the green-yellow quietly complement the furniture. The little blue is added in the form of books, vases or other decor which could make it almost unnoticeable but does not.

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The room is set against a yellow wall. Thus, the blue and green against it stands out creating a perfect backdrop and mix of colours.

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The violet room is accentuated with the help of the green. The slight yellow-orange is brought out with the help of the lightning. 

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The orange, blue and green are perfectly arranged in such a way that no colour outshines the other. Home furnishing and natural elements are used for the arrangements. 

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The red sofa and the blue wall compliment each other while the yellow helps to make it less boring. 

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The deep blue and green compliment each other while the red-orange add a pop of colour to the neutrality. 

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The orange sofa chairs are the highlight of the room. They create a playful and joyous mood in the living room among the otherwise neutral shades. The blue and yellow shades that are used are extremely light which help the bright orange to stand out.

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The pink, orange create a playful mix while the blue creates a highlight for the bedroom which is against a neutral white wall. 

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The colours used are pastels but the shades or orange, green and violet create a friendly, safe as well as happy environment for the children to use.

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The beauty of the arrangement is that the colours used neither stand out nor are they too mellow. They create a calm soothing ambience for a bedroom.

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The red and the green create a great backdrop for a room creating a mellow vibe and the yellow stool adds colour by breaking the monotony.

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As the yellow wall is bright, the blue chairs and pink decor are brought into focus. The other colours used are neutral so they do not create a disturbance but instead provides a peaceful place to study.

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The beautiful red-orange headboard and the blue of the wall create perfect company. The bright yellow provides a happy pop of colour in the room.

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The shades of orange, blue and red create a fun vibe for this bedroom. The colours are used along with neutral shades thus making them stand out more.

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The red-pink bedroom bench complements the blue-green sofa chairs while the yellow provides just the right amount of pop needed for the room.

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Against a white backdrop, the yellow acts as the focal point. The green from the cupboard and purple from the carpet and flowers support the yellow by creating the right ambience. 

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Against a yellow wall, the blue and the red-orange create the perfect combination without disturbing the room.

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The blue-green wall helps the red to stand out while the yellow quietly supports the other two colours without creating conflict. 

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The white wall and table help the orange, yellow and blue chairs to create a pop of colours that is pleasant to the eye.

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These shades of yellow, red-orange and green help each other stand out without making it too messy. They go perfectly well with each other without creating a disturbance.

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The pastel shades create a mellow ambience. However, the intensity of the colours creates a classy and beautiful room.

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The blue chairs are the highlight of the room, while the orange accentuated it and the specks green through plants adds a highlight.

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This modern kitchen is set against a white background. Hence colours are needed to brighten up the room. Blue seating creates a cozy corner while the red in the cushion covers and stool seats compliment it. The specks of yellow add a fun detail in the form of light or the food served.

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Blue-green, red and yellow are the colours used. The kitchen has a rustic look which is mainly due to the blue-green. However the yellow creates a happy ambience while the red adds a joyful detail too.

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