Complimentary colors in exterior paint
Photo: Nancy Andrews
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Good matches

Monochromatic paint schemes, which are based on a single color, gain all of their contrast by adding various amounts of black or white to a single base color. The limited contrast looks calm and safe—too staid for some tastes. The antidote, as shown here, is to insert a little of the complimentary color, which lies opposite on a color wheel. With green, that makes red the perfect accent.
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