The Best Way To Balance Out Dark & Light Colors

Creating a balance between dark and light colors is one of the most challenging tasks when you’re designing a space. We have a tendency to lean towards a certain color when we start designing something, and it can be hard to catch yourself from using it too much in a design. So today, we’ll be looking at some stylish and amazing interior designs that feature the greatest balance of light and dark colors.



1. Play with the backdrop

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The trick to evening out light and dark colors in a space is by choosing the lighter hue as your backdrop. If you look at the interior design in this image, you’ll instantly notice that the background is largely white, and that the dark colors have been used in strategic patches across the space. This is one of the most effective ways to harmonize the whole aesthetic of your design.




2. One bright contrast

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Now that we know that the lighter color is always largely used in the background and the darker, bolder colors are used to create contrast, it’s time to know that you also need a small dash of a vibrant color to keep things from looking too boring. Take the example of the long stemmed yellow flower arrangement in this kitchen interior – it’s small, but it also adds vivacity to the whole design!




3. Go for texture contrast

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Sometimes, you need a little bit of texture to create interest in a light-dark color scheme. This helps even out the monotony of the plain surfaces. In this image, the wooden texture of the darker color scheme evens out the plainness of the smooth white laminate and wall paint that makes up the lighter half.





4. Use backlighting to your advantage

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If it so happens that you’ve ended up using a large amount of the dark color in your interior designs, then there is a perfectly good way to make it seem lighter – all you need is a bit of accent lighting. Take the example of this interior design – the dark wooden backdrop of the feature length shelf and closet is enhanced and complemented by recessed lighting. The overall effect is quite stunning!




5. A lighter foreground

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So here’s the thing – if you want to use the darker color as your background then you can definitely do that. But you need to remember one thumb rule in order for it to look good: the darker color should only comprise of 1/4th of the whole color scheme of the room. The rest has to be lighter, or your space will start look claustrophobic and narrow!

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