Basic color theory is useful to consider when picking colors to decorate your home.
In the 19th Century, the Impressionists (a group of artists including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas) studied the science of color theory and applied it to their paintings. Specifically they noted that when complimentary colors are placed next to each other, the individual colors become more vibrant. Complimentary colors are directly opposite each other on the color wheel.
Here in one of his famous sunrise works, Monet takes advantage of the complementary colors Blue and Orange to make this painting glow. The orange sun shines much more intensely surrounded by a patch of blue sky.
This works for all complementary combinations, with any imaginable shade or hue.
The contrast of the vivid red-orange poppies and the soft blue sky makes each color pop and creates a visually stunning work.
The striking combination of brilliant sea blue-green with rich earthy orange draws the eye into this piece.
The soothing mix of dark midnight blue with bright yellow-orange adds visual interest and flow to this dream-like image.
Nature utilizes complimentary colors well, as illustrated in this simple, stunning photograph.
The thick brushstrokes and golden background help make the purple eggplants come to life.
The dark purple rust tones make the splash of yellow pop in this abstract-like photograph.
The soft mossy green colliding with the surge of dark crimson make this a visually appealing work.
The bright lime green background creates the perfect backdrop for each vibrant ruby leaf.
The dark olive tones contrasted with the fiery red set this work aglow.