Candy Color Combinations from Marie Antoinette

Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette told the story of the teenage queen, based on a book by Antonia Fraser. It may have been light on history but it was chock full of visual inspiration. Opulent, candy colored excess is the style here and the colors provide endless inspiration for a little bit of pop-Versailles style at home, if you dare...

The screengrabs from the film are dreamlike, slightly surreal and very far over the top in terms of direct style inspiration to today's interiors but we think the color combinations are beautiful and could work as a general starting point for some very interesting rooms. What keeps these combinations sophisticated and not too sugar drenched is that the candy colors are used in combination with neutrals as grounding colors, from the pure white of the first example through the warm whites and apricot beiges of the other examples.

Shown above, left to right:

1) Pale robins egg blue, white satin, bubblegum pink and touches of red.

2) Pale pink, raspberry red, pale yellow and gold.

3) A slightly moodier mix: dusty rose, carnation and ballet slipper pink with browns and golden yellows.

4) Modern pastels, powdery but strong: pale turquoise, lavender and pink.

5) Deep crimson red, light blue/turquoise and gold with just a touch of lavender.

Images: Marie Antoinette via brtizoniaLive Journal

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.