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Interior design enthusiasts know how important the first impression of a piece can be. There are certain spaces that at first glance take your breath away, because its elements are so striking, while remaining compatible. The other pieces seem to fall flat, almost as if something was missing.

Contrast is the secret ingredient that gives impact to these memorable spaces. Used properly, this fundamental design principle can add a huge dose of visual interest to your interiors while bringing it closer together. Many see it as an essential element of any successful home.

However, if you are new to this idea, do not worry, this article is for you. Read on to learn more about the importance of contrast and how to apply it to your next project. This is the basic principle of back to school that you need to take your designs to the next level.

This is probably the most obvious use of contrast and the easiest! Giving a piece a complementary color palette - or a combination of two shades at opposite ends of the color wheel - will create the greatest impact. For this, black and white will never go out of style. However, if your style is a little more colorful, you can also use color combinations such as blue and orange or purple and yellow.

As with any design, keep in mind that in these spaces, one color must play a dominant role while the other enhances it. Remember to choose one shade for the walls, while the other is used in textiles, furniture and accessories.

For those who are not quite ready for their spaces to be so varied, there is a way to mitigate the effects. You just have to add extra neutrals. This will give your eyes a place to rest while also offering a quiet background so that your contrasting colors appear.