Fresh Takes on 8 "Ugly" Color Combinations (That You’ve Written Off for One Reason or Another)

Fresh Takes on 8 "Ugly" Color Combinations (That You’ve Written Off for One Reason or Another)

Taryn Williford
Jun 8, 2016
(Image credit: Kailey J. Flynn)

It's no secret that color is a powerful thing. The right color combination can inspire serenity or interest in a room. And the wrong palette? That might only manage to conjure up a vision of Ronald McDonald.

For one reason or another, there are a handful of color combinations that we, the collective of design-lovers, have written off as unusable in a space. But there's an exception to every rule, and these eight rooms are it.

Red and Yellow

From an Austin home shot by Kailey J. Flynn Photography

(Image credit: Sean Litchfield)

Black and Yellow

From a beach house makeover on Domino

(Image credit: Keltainen Talo Rannalla)

Orange and Pink

From an Australian home on Keltainen Talo Rannalla

(Image credit: Bright Bazaar)

Red and Purple

From Bright Bazaar via Emerald Green Interiors

(Image credit: Jake Curtis)

Red and Green

From photographer Jake Curtis for House & Garden

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Orange and Black

From Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Miles Redd)

Pink and Red

From designer Miles Redd

(Image credit: Tom Mannion)

Pink and Yellow

From a London home on Architectural Digest France

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