Is red with green just for Christmas trees? No. Two theories support the idea of red and green as a great color combination for any space. The first theory is based in nature. The second theory is based in color theory.
Red and Green Found Together in Nature
The first theory is based in nature. Together, red and green combine to form some of the most inviting natural phenomena. Think of a red lady bug on a green leaf, a bright red strawberry with green stems, or red tomatoes on a green vine. It makes sense that the traditional green Christmas tree is covered in red berries and baubles. Because, the red-green color combination is so readily found in nature, it could be that we freely accept the two colors as a natural pair.
Red and Green are Opposites on the Color Wheel
The second theory supporting the idea that red and green is a great color combo, is based on Color Theory. Color theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing, and the visual effects of a specific color combination. It is based a system of primary colors and their complementary colors on the opposite side of the color wheel. As we see on the color wheel below, red (a primary color), and green (a secondary color), are on opposite sides of the color wheel. Therefore, they compliment each other, and create interest when displayed side-by-side. One color pops, the other color recedes. Balance is achieved. Opposite from blue on the color wheel is orange. Opposite from yellow on the color wheel is purple. We will talk about those color combinations in later posts. For now, it is enough to know the color wheel is a useful design tool.
Crazy Rich Color and the Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe
Once you find a color combination you like, use the Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe to rotate accessories in and out of the your design repertoire. Pop a red pillow onto a green velvet sofa. Add a traditional rug in red and green. Rest green houseplants in bright red pots to create interest in a room.
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- Bloomingville Vase
- Safavieh Lighting Collection Paris White Ceramic 27-inch Table Lamp
- Flowering Lotus Flowers, Ohara Koson Framed Art Print by Fine earth prints
- Pink Cactus Four Framed Art Print
- Palm Leaves 2 Framed Art Print by Maboe
- Rhonda End Table by Zipcode Design
- Bleached Ivory Basket Weave Jute Rug, White – 5′ x 8′
- Palette No. 33 Art Print by Parimastudio
Crazy Rich Red and Green
- Gaya Porcelain Oxblood Vase, West Elm
- 16″ Multicolored, Cusco pillow with insert by CB2
- Mirasol Table by Corrigan Studio
- Simple Connections 2 Framed Art Print by Fernandovieira
- Barragan Pink Canvas Print by Anne Paravion
- Spring Moon Framed Art Print
- Zahra Caravan Tufted Wool Area Rug
- Strata Framed Art Print by Matadesign