In this case, it’s all about creating a stark contrast, but that doesn’t mean the colours don’t need to be compatible. Here, we’ve used Navy and Paprika – two shades that can be both warm and cool, making them tonally well-suited.
It’s important to think about the light in your room too and what effect it’ll have on the paint colour. The bright light in this Irish studio highlights the pink undertones of the Paprika paint, which makes it a far more suitable companion for Navy. If this were in a low-ceilinged room with little light, the partnership wouldn’t be as successful, because Paprika’s red-brown base would be coming through more strongly and the overall palette would feel a touch muddy.
The same thinking applies to the other elements in the room. Your cabinet colours need to sit well with the flooring, wall colour, hardware and tiles. In this example, the warm tones of the wooden floorboards are reflected in the Paprika paint, whereas Navy provides a nice contrast, which is what gives the room its balance. We’ve then kept everything else white and simple for an unfussy backdrop.