Image via Barbara Barry (A pretty combination of green-grays and yellow-beige)
When Irene and I were working on my White is Complicated eBook. We got to a section and she said "You need to explain that more thoroughly, people are literalists".
And she's right.
When we're learning anything, we're literal.
That's why in every profession and especially design and colour you need to know the rules first before you can break them.
How did she get to pink-beige? Well, she said, The brick was a green-beige, so she concluded that because red is the complement to green, specifying a pink-beige was the answer.
Image via Barbara Barry (Note the soft green walls which relate to the green sofa)
Once I came upon an "after" photo a designer had posted on her website.
The room had a burgundy sofa and love seat, the cushions and coordinating upholstered chairs were gold-beige. And the walls were green. Yet there was no green in the room at all, leaving me to conclude that she had specified green because green was the complement of red.
In my colour training, professionals who learned colour theory from design school, will try to fit my system into theory. This is natural because when we are learning something new, we try to take what we're learning through the filter of what we already know. We're literal.
Your walls should literally pull your space together. That's what makes a colour look fabulous.
Just like you should literally go out of your way to make sure your fixed elements match. If you start selecting tiles, countertops and flooring and you think "That's close enough," keep looking. It won't look "close enough" when it's installed.
The most beautiful, luminous, full-spectrum (don't get me started on that) colours in the world will not be fabulous if they relate to nothing.
Your colours should literally be related.
Your wall colour and furniture or fixed elements should literally look they belong together and should never have been apart.
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