Silver is a metallic-based color. The color has resemblance to gray. Silver is often found in jewelry and accessories, but also can be featured on clothing. Silver is a complementary color, as it works well with other colors. If you have an outfit, room decorating scheme or wedding that features silver, you may want to find other colors that best complement it. Choose colors that complement the metallic quality of silver.
Pastel colors are colors with a pale or light shade. Pastel colors that complement silver include light blue, light pink, light purple, light green and light yellow. These soft shades complement the metallic quality of silver by bringing out the metallic color. Silver complements the soft shades of the pastel colors. Pastel colors paired with silver work for decorating a baby's nursery or can be used as colors for a spring wedding. A classic combination of silver and a pastel color is the famed Tiffany & Co. light blue and silver jewelry box.
Silver can complement bold colors. Bold colors are brighter versions of colors. These colors stand out and draw interest. Silver works as a complementary color alongside a bold color because it does not take attention away from the boldness of the color, but helps enhance the color. Bold colors that complement silver include purple, blue, green and red. These colors combined can create a color scheme for a wedding, a house or an exciting outfit.
Neutral colors can complement silver as well. Neutral colors traditionally complement all different colors because they are simple and don't draw attention away from other bolder colors. Silver is actually considered a neutral color. Other neutral colors include black, white, brown, ivory, cream and gray. These colors combined create a sophisticated color palette that is not overwhelming or over the top. Silver paired with another neutral color is typically used to paint rooms in a house.
It used to be considered in bad form to pair silver and gold together, but it is now a trendy color combination. Silver can combine with different shades of gold to create different looks. Silver and gold can be used together at Christmas time for festive decorations. The fashion forward have also begun to wear silver and gold jewelry together. These colors that used to work against each other are now combining together to create a complementary color scheme.
Kayla Posney has been writing professionally since 2008, specializing in fashion and historical fiction. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English studies from Robert Morris University and Master of Arts in professional writing from Chatham University. She will begin studies for a second master's degree at the University of Greenwich in London in 2011.