5 No-Fail Color Combinations

5 No-Fail Color Combinations

Nancy Mitchell
Jun 26, 2015
The home of designer Brian Paquette, spotted on Coco + Kelley.
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Some color combinations are riskier than others. But here are a few that are guaranteed not to fail — time-honored mixes that are sure to work with any style, any room.

Black and white and gold.
Black and white on its own might be a little bland, but add gold and you've got something truly inspiring. A little bit of gold perks up any room, and the neutral base keeps the overall feel sophisticated.

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Pastels and black.
If soft colors, on their own, are a little too sherbert-y for you, try pairing them with just a little bit of black — enough to keep things edgy but not somber.

A Los Angeles loft from My Domaine.
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Blue and white.
So crisp, so nautical, so timeless. Of course any shade of blue is nice with white, but I'm partial to white paired with cobalt blue, because it's energizing and refreshing all at the same time.

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Grey paired with bright colors.
It turns out that grey is just the right companion to bright, balls-to-the-wall colors that might seem a little brash paired with white. And the relationship is mutually beneficial: bright colors keep grey from feeling quite so funeral and make it the underrated neutral you always knew it could be.

A blue and orange bedroom from Domino.
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Any color + its complement.
Complementary colors (dig into your elementary art classes a bit here) are ones that are opposite to each other on the color wheel. So that's yellow and purple, orange and blue, red and green. These colors are especially dynamic together, and, when handled properly, can look really wonderful in a room. The secret? Make sure one color is a bit subtler than the other, and work in plenty of neutrals (like black or grey or white).

Read more about complementary colors here.

Now go forth and color!

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