Creating contrasts

Contrasts give a space the balance and harmony needed for the completion of a design concept. It creates visual interest and also draws attention to certain parts and features of the interior. With small additions to our spaces we can create various contrasts which can make our interior look more dramatic.


A contrast is created simply by placing two or more elements with opposing characters together. Features of the elements like color, texture, shapes and sizes can be used to bring the contrast we need in a room.



Using two opposite colors like black and white or using a bright color accent on a neutral color background is easy and gives a strong contrast.



Rough and smooth textures when put together balance the feel of the room. 



Angled corners or straight lines when combined with curves or rounded edges balance as well as emphasize eachother.



Placing a bigger element next to a smaller element creates interest and draws attention.


Some things to take into consideration:

  • If you think that the color contrast is too strong you can add more neutral colors to tone things down.
  • For the contrast in shapes to draw more attention, make sure you have a relatively simple background.
  • Use one color to dominate and another to support or also a third as an accent.
  • Overdoing contrast might leave your room looking less attractive and out of balance.

Creating contrasts maybe important but it is more important that you feel good about it. Mix and match different elements to get the balance you need. Let yourself get creative and since it is your space the only thing that matters is that you like it. Have fun!