This image from the new line at CB2 (Jan. 2011) shows a great example of how to energize a room using contrasting color.
Contrast can be created in a number of ways, but using “complimentary colors”, that is, color that are opposite each other on the color wheel, is a sure-fire way to increase the sizzle and zing of each color and of the room in general. In this example they use one of my personal favorite combinations of red-orange and blue-green; I find this combination fresh, whimsical, and fun!
When playing with complimentary colors, try using vary
ing values of the colors (meaning how light or dark the color is). Consider a saturated blue green with a very pale red-orange for a more subtle effect, or try both in a very pale version for a subdued yet interesting look. Staying in the same range in lightness and darkness often creates a too-rich and garish, or too-boring and beige effect.
So,if you are wanting a playful, interesting and energetic room, try turning to the color wheel and playing with opposites – you might just come up with something fantastic!