Complementary colors are colors that are positioned opposite one another on the color wheel. "These colors attract one another and can make a pleasing combination in an outfit, a decorative scheme or a bank of flowers," asserts Color for Life. Choose shades of orange to complement your blue décor. A burnt orange wall behind a blue sofa or orange vases along a wall painted blue provides a dynamic contrast for your space. For smaller objects, choose bright, intense colors, keeping understated color tones for large objects such as a sofa or bedding.
A Single Shade
Don't assume that using a single shade with another dramatic color is your only option. Blend multiple shades of blue for an even, well-coordinated color combination. When multiple shades of the same color are used in décor the color scheme is said to be monochromatic. For example, dark blue, sky blue, and pastel blue are all shades of blue that, when harmonized effectively, bring balance and visual interest to a space. Create depth by adding sky blue accessories in front of dark blue walls.
When decorating using a traditional design style, blend dark blues with rich shades of red such as scarlet, burgundy and crimson. Mauve, a lighter shade of red that almost resembles pink, is also an appropriate selection. Blend tapestries containing blue and red to bridge your color combination. Cherry wood furniture contains hints of red and should be used to adorn your space. Thick drapery in either navy blue or deep red both work well for heavy drapes as window treatments.
The mixture of green, blue and white creates a soft color suitable for bathrooms and powder rooms. This color, called sea green or green-blue, works well with shades of purple. Add a clear vase full of violets to your bathroom vanity to complement a blue-green wall color. A sheer purple valance to accent the window unifies the calming color arrangement.