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Tips for using contrast in the interior decor: contrast ways and tools

Why do some interiors remain in memory for a long time, and others are hard to describe because they are boring and faceless?

Of course, the purpose of the interior is not to surprise anyone. The main goal of creating an interior – satisfaction, and functionality of the aesthetic needs of the owners. It is made in a variety of ways – by choosing the appropriate style, their mixture, accents, contrasts variations and other tools.

Probably, many people try to create some or other accents in their home environment that reflect individuality and distinctness. However, only bright accents and drastic colors will not create harmony. The secret of the interior is the harmony of the whole, the balance between the general style and the accents and contrasts.

Contrast is one of the elements that help to create exclusivity, but at the same time is very risky, balancing on the edge, for which the tasteless and pretentiousness begins. Elements or contrasts that look inappropriate one to another may be realized in interior decoration, furniture, forms, materials, accessories, lighting, and elsewhere. Most importantly, the whole design would make the impression of home harmony, but at the same time, it would not be faceless or not interesting.

Finishing Contrast

The expression of the monotony of room is very successfully resolved by the changing lighter and darker shades – both on the surface of the walls and furniture and accessories. Such a change creates a contrast, at the same time there is no risk of breaking harmony, as close hues coincide with each other.

Contrast of shapes

This principle is less common in interiors, sometimes occasional. But the choice of a professional will always create an interesting, not boring combination.

Contrast of materials

Modern decoration materials and furniture are made from a wide materials variety –  you can use just artificial or natural, or both of them. Therefore, the separation is practically very difficult, the interiors more often emphasize the contradiction between rough and smooth surfaces: glass and concrete, bricks and smooth plaster, wood and concrete, and so on.

Contrast and harmony of styles

This interior tool is very widely used, the mix of styles even has the name – fusion – synthesis, alloy. The contemporary interiors are rich in classical and modern elements, rustic and modern manifestations, using in the decor the baroque and rococo elements.

Accessories in the interior not only contrast with the whole but most often are easily changed accents, their variations are very wide – vases, sculptures, works of art, cushions, various gadgets. It is very important not to lose moderation and not to make a museum or the exposition of the collection in the home.

Interior lighting is a separate and broad topic because it is not only an interior element but also an important functional point. Luminaires are very often accents, contrasting or combining with the whole.

Contrast is not only aesthetically beneficial, it also has a utilitarian function. For example, in a small room, using the contrast you can separate the functional zones.

The opposite of the contrast is a nuance, it’s usually the barely visible difference between colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. With its help, we combine contrasts with the whole design. The totality of contrasts and nuances creates a distinct interior, a certain aura, harmony, and warmth.


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