icon-go-back Back to Articles

Colour Clashing

We love calm neutrals and muted shades, but why not try something different with a bold colour clash?

At Crown we love colour in all its glorious shades and aren’t averse to turning up the volume with experimental pairings. Whilst there will always be a place for calm neutrals and muted shades, we’re positively encouraging you to get creative with colour, so why not try something different with a bold colour clash?

Colour clashing is a great way to use paint in a new and surprising way. Knowing what colours work well together can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled these top tips from Judy Smith, Crown’s Colour Consultant. Let her guide you through the process. 

1. Complementary Colours

 “On paper, using opposing colours in a room can seem overpowering, but in reality these shades can work brilliantly together. Arguably the most striking colour combinations are achieved when you use opposing colours from the colour wheel – what are called complementary colours such as blues and oranges, reds with greens or purples and yellows. Larger rooms often work better for complementary colour pairings because there is more room to absorb the mix. In smaller spaces work with subtler pops of colour in clashing shades.”

Colour clashing kitchen


Colour clashing hallway

2.  Analogous Colours

“If an oppositional colour clash feels like a step too far, then work with analogous colours to create a rich interior scheme. Analogous colours are shades that appear side by side on the colour wheel, for example red, orange and yellow. These colours work well because they naturally blend into each other and creating a subtler colour clash effect. Try painting each wall a different shade or painting skirting boards or radiators in contrasting shades for maximum effect.”

3. Triadic Colours

“Using triadic colours in decorating is certainly not for the faint hearted. Triadic is the term given to three shades on the colour wheel that are of equal distance apart, for example pink, green and orange. Using these colours together will undoubtedly create a striking statement in whichever room you choose to use them. Never be afraid to use colour, but simply pair this palette with softer, lighter accessories to ensure the room scheme doesn’t feel too intense.”

Colour clashing dining room