Potent Pairings: 8 Color Combos Guaranteed to Push Your Style

Potent Pairings: 8 Color Combos Guaranteed to Push Your Style

Adrienne Breaux
Feb 2, 2014
(Image credit: Nicole Crowder )

Yawn! Are you one of the many folks who tends to stick to the same old colors in your home, time and time again? It's easy to find a color combo that you enjoy — but things can get stale in your design pretty quickly if every new element you bring in ties into the same color palette. Why not try on some unusual color combinations and see what happens?

The words "pairings" in the title isn't totally accurate, because the spaces we're finding color inspiration from lately feature more than just two powerful hues; they are a mix of three or more colors, and they're blended in the perfect amounts.

Top Photo: A hot magenta side chair, a deep and rich navy blue couch and a stunningly bright golden yellow wall paint color. You wouldn't think these colors would work well together, but as seen in Annie's Color-Splashed Home, they do.

Spotted on Camille Styles, this lush room is powerful with a mix of bright pink, crimson red and cobalt blue. There's so much pink here that the color becomes the base of the entire room, allowing the stronger colors like blue and red to be the accents.

Proof that sometimes powerful color combinations are in the application, this amazing mix of modern reds on a shelf absolutely sing when paired with bold aqua dining room chairs, as spotted on Design*Sponge.

(Image credit: Julia Brenner)

Another room with bold and bright yellow walls (in this case Sherwin Williams' Escapade Gold), can be seen in Amy & Todd's Mod Chicago Home. Neutrals make up the bulk of the furniture pieces like the couch, rug and coffee table. Then the rest of the accessories are either complementary warm-colored items like yellow and red, or a few playful pieces of cool colors like aqua and blue.

While a kitchen made up of green, black and white colors as seen on Coco + Kelley might seem out of place in a post about bright colors, make no mistake, this room is bold because it mixed an unusual color for cabinets — an earthy, moss green — with the dramatic and contrasting powerhouse of black and white, to create a stunning composition.

Another great example of bold color pairings with subtle hues seen on Desire to Inspire is this room's three-toned door, featuring a ghostly pale pink, a slightly darker almost peach-y pink and then a salmon-colored pink.

(Image credit: Arthur Garcia-Clemente)

Tim's Cabinet of Curiosities house tour features plenty of fearless decor choices, but this particular corner of a bedroom with Behr's Quiet Storm wall paint color plus gold and salmon-colored Scalamandre curtain fabric make for quite the look.

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

This room in Natalie & Seth's Organic Modern Home is a wonderful shock because of the color combo of a bright orange, neon green and purple on a storage wall cozied next to a red couch.

More unusual color combination inspiration:
10 Unusual Color Combos That Really Work
Even More Unusual Color Combos: 10 Weird Pairings That Work

What's the most unusual color combination you have in your home?

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