Unexpected Color Pairings You Should Really Reconsider

Seven ways to decorate with these non-traditional shades.

photography by GUNN & SWAIN


When it comes to color pairings, we've all got a duo we can always count on - be it in fashion or within our homes. So when the time comes for a little changeup, we're all for going a little outside of our comfort zones. We sought out to uncover the shades that complement one another, often in a more untraditional sense, with a much-needed refresh in mind. Here's what we found.

photography by NINA STRUVE


Crimson + Deep Violet
We'll admit it, setting these two dynamic shades against one another is highly intimidating. Done without caution, the colors can clash into a tacky mess. However, if this stunning display has taught us anything, it's that blending red with a deep purple can actually work! The key? Filtering in accent pieces that belong within the spectrum of the two shades. 

photography by DEZEEN


Blue Gray + Sage
When a gray wall paint runs the risk of imparting a less-than-inviting aesthetic, opt for a shade with a colorful undertone. Here, a soothing hint of baby blue transforms the classic gray into an enticing finish that plays off the visual cues of the dusty sage seats. Consider it the elevated version of a blue-green pairing. 

photography by TEKLA SEVERIN


Orange + Rose
When it comes to decorating with pink, a monochrome scheme is preferred. This effortlessly chic vignette proves just that. We're vying for the handful of orange accents, mostly those that come in an organic form, which manage to further elevate the depth of the pink. Bring this color duo into your space in the form of an accent wall and a similarly-toned piece of furnishing. 

photography by SOFA.COM


Charcoal + Yellow Gold
This year, we're all for the moody wall paints, steering clear of the more traditional. A charcoal-inspired shade for the walls instantly evokes a daring element, while the organic cluster of bright greens lend a more light-hearted touch to the space. The color duo we're craving here? The jewel-toned yellow that provides a dreamy contrast against the bold wall paint. 

photography by ALICIA TAYLOR


Navy + Lilac
Subdued, bold, and dynamically vibrant, these inspired hues make for a seriously chic pair. The contemporary composition of this entry complements the depth of the navy and violet, as well as the modern make of the space. We're all for recreating this color pairing in the form of a sofa and throw pillows!

photography by JEROME GALLAND


Stone Gray + Blush
Consider this pairing the next logical step from a classic monochrome scheme. The textured finish of the gray walls lend a more refreshing effect to the timeless color, ushered into the modern era by the soft blush accents. Off-white pieces bring in just the right touch of contrast, while still managing to complement the understated scene.   

photography by AD FRANCE


Forest Green + Baby Blue
A delicate shade of blue coupled with a deep, forest green makes for one very elegant scene. Filtered in accents of a metallic nature further elevate the look, best reserved for a living or dining space. Take to the walls with a green paint, and bring in pops of blue in the form of wall art or furnishings. 

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