How to select wall art and wall colours that harmonise.


If you’re new to purchasing art or are looking at revamping the colour of your walls and welcoming new art into your space—you may want to consider how you can make your chosen artwork pop. This can be done through contrasting colours or taking a more tonal and seamless approach with your art and wall colour combinations. Wall art and wall colours are such a vital part to interior decorating, so here are some professional tips on how you can highlight your favourite wall art pieces with certain wall colours.


Neutral tones.

With neutral walls, your chosen artwork will never have to compete for the attention. Neutral walls provide a blank canvas per se or the perfect base to build on. You can go for a vintage traditional look, by placing a classic portrait on a warm white wall; or create a minimal and contemporary space through choosing bright figurative art, impressionism or even pop art on a starker white wall. When it comes to selecting the perfect white for your wall, you should decide on whether you want a warmer or cooler look and feel in your space. If you want to create a moodier tone and have wall art pieces that incorporate blacks, greys and blues—opt for a starker white that has a hint of black in it, as this will pick up all the darker undertones of your chosen artwork. If your living room is filled with wood tones, lots of natural light and you want to create a more welcoming space, opt for a warmer, creamier white wall as this will still look crisp without the coldness. Warm walls can complement a range of bold and neutral colours with ease too!


Complementary colours.

Complementary colours may also be called ‘opposite colours’ when placed next to each other as they will create the strongest possible contrast for those two colours. For example, the complementary colour to yellow is purple, which is a mix of blue and red. Using a combination of complementary colours with your wall colour and wall art will act to enhance each colour creating a strong sense of visual movement when the colours are side by side. This may seem complex, but when done correctly the colours will amplify each other, however, neither will appear too overpowering in the equation.

Some of the most popular complementary colour combinations include:

  • Red and green.
  • Blue and orange.
  • Yellow and purple.
  • Yellow-green and red-purple.
  • Red-orange and blue-green.

If you are looking to make a statement in your home with a complementary colour feature wall and wall art piece, try one of the above colour combinations for maximum visual appeal.


Similar hues.

Combining artwork and wall colours that share a similar hue is extremely on trend right now as it creates a custom, seamless looking space. For example, if you have a living room with a royal blue feature wall, incorporating an abstract or surreal painting with the same hue can create cohesion and flow. Often you can carry this hue throughout your entire space through incorporating soft furnishings such as curtains and rugs in the similar hue. White walls with scenery canvas art or waves imagery that is a high contrast and very white can also create that seamless blend between chosen art and wall colour. A soft grey feature wall and an abstract piece incorporating similar grey tones in varying hues can also be highly effective. This is one approach that is more tonal and subtle than your typical contrasting colour choices.


Use the same colour in varying shades.

This is when you take the same colour then you incorporate this colour in varying shades within your space. This is often referred to as tints which are achieved by adding white to this particular colour to make it brighter—and shades and tones which are achieved by adding a darker colour such as grey or black to this colour to achieve a moodier version of the same colour. This can be done with any colour, for example with red you can go from a cardinal red to a blood red, or a traditional light sky blue to a moodier grey/blue in the darker shade. You can’t go wrong when incorporating the same colour in varying shades as they will undoubtedly complement each other.

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