Any good designer will tell you, color has power. It can be used to evoke different moods, tell a story within a home, even change the way someone feels in a space. So deciding on the color palette for a room can be high stakes and fairly tricky. Before you begin choosing paint colors, furniture, or decor, it’s important to understand which colors work best together and why.
According to Nicole Gibbons, founder and CEO of , there are several different approaches you can take when it comes to color pairings.
1) Opt for Colors with Like Temperatures:
“Colors can be bucketed into two groups—they’re either warm or cool. And pairing colors with like temperatures always results in harmonious color combinations. For example, pairing cool hues like blues and greens together always works well. Or pairing a mix of warm neutrals, such as a soft beige with a rich brown or a deep shade or orange, will be equally pleasing to the eye.”
2) Go Monochrome:
“I love working with monochromatic palettes. Think tone on tone. It’s a very sophisticated look and is almost foolproof to pull off and make work. Colors within the same hue but slightly different tones—for example, a pale blue with a deeper blue—will always look stunning.”
3) Choose Complementary Colors:
“Opposites attract and this certainly holds true when thinking about color in terms of the color wheel. Colors opposite one another tend to be very complementary and look beautiful when paired together. One of my favorite complementary color combos is pairing shades of coral with blue-green aqua tones.”
And if all else fails, a heavy dose of great inspiration can go a long way. Read below for 20 eye-catching color combinations in some of our favorite spaces.
A living room wall gets a dramatic lift from turquoise grasscloth walls, which serves as a backdrop to a cream console and lampshades.
Deep shades of green and purple in a variety of textures conjures feelings of vintage luxury in this office.
A classic pairing of green and red are elevated with varied patterns and textures.
In this posh living room, a sofa in royal blue silk velvet is flanked by custom side tables in a beautiful yellow gold, which are topped with coordinating lamps.
A master bedroom's dressing area channels a Moroccan vibe, where mossy greens and rosewood red are bold but grounded in earthier undertones.
Custom blue paint in this living room serves as the backdrop to a gorgeous mix of patterns and eclectic accents. A pearly pink lampshade balances the cool blue of the walls.
In a cozy master bedroom, a palette of soft pinks and purples including lilac bedding and a coral chair feels comfortable yet elegant.
A color-punched den plays with bold, cool tones, including a vintage sofa in an indigo velvet and a striped rug with a complementary teal pattern.
Clean, spare, and light-filled, this home office plays off of warm neutrals that are cozy and coordinated.
A living room's palette of soft earth tones includes blush and dark olive pillows, bringing color into the space without feeling overly punchy.
A masculine yet airy Malibu home keeps it cool with a palette of teals and charcoals, playing off of the views of the ocean.
Navy Malinese pillows top a natural burlap couch, proving a pretty pairing in this Marrakech entryway.
A charming guest bedroom plays with vintage patterns and shades, including a variety of grays paired with sunny yellow accents.
Light blue gray grasscloth walls emphasize the great natural light in this space, while bright orange accents provide a balanced pop of color.
In a valley home's light-filled mudroom, muted sage cabinets complement an earthy aesthetic, paired with the natural stone sink.
A bold bedroom keeps colors to a minimum, with a red and white striped custom headboard backed by deep, muted blue walls.
A banquette area features a palette of cool and warm shades, include a pastel wall of lavender and yellow.
Coffee brown walls feel neutral yet custom, providing the perfect foundation for the navy striped bedding and leather pommel horses.
Similar tones of warm and cool colors find harmony in this dining room, while subtle patterns infuse the space with texture.
A blushy coral headboard in a tufted velvet fabric pairs with beige ribbed bedding, embracing feminine earth tones while letting the textures shine.