5 Tips for Choosing Wall Colors Complementary to Your Wall ArtAlison Brown
So you finally found and bought your favorite piece of wall art. Well, now what? How about choosing wall colors complementary to your wall art?
Some homeowners treat choosing art as an afterthought, but it shouldn’t be. Selecting art is an essential part of home decorating; simply because it can be anything from an investment to something that completes the overall look of your interiors.
And if you want to highlight and bring attention to the art in the room, you’re going to need to choose wall colors complementary to your wall art.
5 Tips in Choosing Wall Colors Complementary to Your Wall Art
If you want to make your wall art stand out in all its glory, you’re going to have to choose the right colors that would help it appear stark. Colors catch people’s attention in subtle or overt ways.
#1 Choose complementary colors
There’s no better way to choose complementary colors than to reference the trusty and good old color wheel. Keep primary, secondary, and tertiary colors in mind. Colors that would be next to each other in the wheel — like orange and yellow.
#2 Selecting similar hues
Match your wall color to the background or the dominant backdrop color of the centerpiece wall art in the room.
Take the image above, for instance. The background color that’s primarily dominant is a golden yellow, and it matches the color of the patterned walls that surround it. It also matches the color of the furniture centerpiece found right below it.
Here’s another example of blue ocean water wall art hanging above a bed. The dominant color in the background of the art is blue, just like the aqua blue color surrounding it.
#3 Choose a color palette
This will depend largely on the artwork that you choose, but there are certain art pieces that would go swimmingly well with a specific color palette.
For instance, if you want contemporary art pieces that are bright and neon, you can put them against black or gray walls.
Or if you want black and white vintage artwork or photographs to stand out better and make them more dramatic, you can use red walls for a starker contrast.
#4 Use the same color in a different shade
You can also use the same colors found in the wall art, but use a different shade in the wall instead — for a monochromatic finish.
Take for instance, this piece of wall art boasting bright golden lights against the majority of a printed dark sky. Coupled with bold yellow hues as wall colors, it stands out and draws the audiences’ attention to it.
#5 Go classic with neutrals
And when you’re in full doubt, you can never go wrong with tasteful choices in neutrals. Black, white, and gray are staples to any interior design — from accent pieces to furniture to wall colors.
Neutrals can effectively single out the wall art in the room and bring it out
This is one example of this point. A picture of the Eiffel Tower accompanied with streaks of blue and gold, set against a black wall, and placed over a pristine off-white couch.
Here’s another one. This time, it’s an image of the famous Golden Gate Bridge set against a twilight backdrop in bold shades of purple and violet. The pure white walls around it create a stark contrast and let the vibrant colors in the wall art pop out.
Choosing Wall Colors
Selecting your wall art and then picking the right colors to surround it can make your wall art stand out beautifully. In addition to atmosphere, colors can emphasize the room’s dominant styles and create relationships and unity between the objects in the room.
Make your chosen wall art the true star of the room just by choosing the right wall colors.